After danger of frost, plant seeds in hills, 6 seeds per hill, 1/2" deep, spacing the hills 5' apart. Harvest when the fruit is completely ripe before frost. Do not bruise in handling; wash each gourd with a strong disinfectant to remove any fungus. Spread fruit out (so they do not touch) in a dry, well ventilated area, turning regularly during the 3-4 weeks that it takes to dry.