Volume 10, Number 109
In this issue:
Phyllis Sickles: Lifelong Passion Runs Calm and Deep
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
The Gourd Gardener: The Three P's - Pollination, Pests and Pepos
Summer Workshops Now In Session!
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
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"My work begins with something that I have seen, heard or experienced that excites me. Usually it is the challenge as to whether I can make it out of gourds. I get the idea and then hunt in my gourd stash for just the right gourd."
"As you probably know one can never have too many gourds. If there are imperfections in the shell, just incorporate them into the design."
"I'll hunt the Internet for reference photos and use parts of many photos of a subject to create my own designs. I always draw right on the gourd with no preliminary sketching.
The design is always pictured in my mind before I start."
"The main subject covers the largest part of the gourd. From there, I work in the background."
"If it is a gourd that will have many cutouts, I concentrate on the negative space as well as the subject and try to make sure those spaces are not too large. I watch the placement of shapes to make sure they are overlapping and not have shapes that are just barely touching each other."
Advice For New Artists
"Experiment with a variety of techniques and styles. Once you find a style or technique that you like, expand on it. I believe that when you love what you are doing, it shows in your work."
"Practice, practice, practice...the more you do, the better your work. When I look back on the work I did in the beginning I thought it was pretty darn good. It was OK for a beginner but doesn't compare to what I do now."
"My long term plan is to continue with gourds until the joy and excitement has worn off or I'm too old to use my Foremon. I'll probably die with the Foreman in my hand!"
To learn more about Phyllis Sickles and her art click here:
The Gourd Gardener
July is a highlight for gardeners and at this time of year, for first time gourd growers, it can be quite the thrill. Gourds are quickly growing left, right and center and at night there are still lots of flowers.
Most gourds take 120 days to mature so after early August anything that is pollinated won't make it to maturity. In other words, don't waste your time hand - pollinating at this time. Just let them be and nature will take care of things.
Once your trellised gourds get large and heavy, support them using panty-hose. Let the gourd sit in the "bum compartment" and secure the legs to the trellis.
This small spotted or striped insect can be either a friend or foe depending on their numbers. Small populations can be great pollinators; too many and they will eat your vines and the gourds too.
Another problem with large numbers of cucumber beetles is that it increases the chances of contacting bacteria wilt. Wilt will quickly destroy your crop - a devastating experience to a grower.
If you have cucumber beetles contact your local nursery. They have products and advice to help.
For more information there is lots on the internet about both cucumber beetles and bacterial wilt.
Baby gourds turn brown and fall off the vine when the female flower is not pollinated. These are called pepos.
It's A Dog's Life
"If a dog's prayers were answered....
bones would rain from the sky."
A controversial subject among dog owners is whether or not
to give their dog bones. Dogs
have been eating bones for hundreds of years and common claims are that bones help clean the teeth while providing extra stimulation for your pup. In addition bones are a good source of calcium and phosphorus and are completely digestible.
At the same time others believe that bones can splinter causing tooth and internal damage.
By following a few guidelines bones can be a safe treat that your dog will enjoy. Please....
1.) Never give your dog cooked bones. They will splinter and cause damage to your dog. (Chicken and pork are the worst.)
2) Never give your dogs cut up neck bones. These can be a choking hazard.
3.) Feed them large, meaty bones from your butcher. (Mickey gets bones from his pal Mike on a regular basis. He eats the marrow and the meaty bits and leaves the bone for us to dispose of.)
4.) Avoid bones like cow femurs - these are so hard and brittle they can chip or crack a dog's tooth.
If you are unsure how your dog will respond to bones keep a close eye on him. Lastly, if he is a "gulper" or is overly possessive of a bone, you may just want to avoid bones entirely.
Music Pick of the Month
Attraction Black Light & Shadow Theatre
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Northern Dipper Workshops
Now In Session!
Summer is the time to get together with friends and family to do the things that you love. One activity that always receives rave reviews are the workshops held at Northern Dipper Farm.
The workshops are theme-orientated, fun and a real opportunity to get to know other gourders in the area. The instructors are pros and make the learning experience one of ease. Most workshops are geared to beginners.
To learn more about the workshops click here:
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