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Found this nifty site just now...This page is on Walahfrid Strabo's Hortulus, with a little overview on Walahfrid Strabo and his garden-poem, Hortulus. There are links for more detail on various things.

He was a 9th c. monk on an island in southern Germany. The poem lists what he considered the most useful plants (and why they're useful), including the gourd (lagenaria). I'm still looking up the history of bottle gourds but so far Strabo's my only connection for it in Europe. I haven't really spent more than a few minutes here and there, so I'm sure there's more out there. I did find out that when the bottle gourds are young and small that they're edible.

There's other gardening info at this site as well. People may find it to be of use.

http://wyrtig.com/EarlyGardens/Continental/Walafrid/Hortulus.htm


Please note that the link is to Walahfrid's page, as I'm working on tracking down his text in English. Menu for the site is in a sidebar on the left.
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