Master Gardeners learn about drying, painting gourds
The Washington County Master Gardeners met on Sept. 24, at the Washington County Extension Office. Sixteen members answered roll call by naming what new plant they are going to plant in 2014. The answers included peach tomatoes, columbine, clematis, moonflower, tan cow peas, allium, and dry weather plants.
Dianne Nelson spoke on the hosta "Gift of Sight" program and the plans for Washington County Master Gardeners to sell these. All proceeds will go to the Iowa Eye Bank. “Sum and Substance” was used in the make-up of this hosta so it will be a large hosta. Debra Schuett from the Iowa Eye Bank will speak at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Washington County Master Gardeners. The meeting will be open to the public so everyone can learn more about this project.
Mary Langr gave a demonstration on how to dry and decorate gourds. First, the gourds are dried completely. A 15-20 percent bleach solution is used to wash them. Sandpaper is used to smooth out any rough patches or blemishes. Mary uses light ivory, white and ivory paint and uses a brush or sponge to apply it. The brands she uses are Folk Art and Creamcoat. The gourds are sprayed with Krylon clean seat clear coat if they will be in the weather. Mary stressed to make the gourds personal — use your imagination!
Shirley Steele served refreshments.