The ground is a great place to plant things. But as any good gardener will tell you, a nice flat patch of dirt need not be the only space you consider when starting, or expanding, a garden. In fact, the Laughing Place began when I could not part with an old wheelbarrow that had finally ceased to be useful for its original purpose.
That wheelbarrow herb garden is now surrounded by greens in grow bags, peas climbing a branch trellis in an old basket, and a popcorn popper filled with Rue.
One benefit of container gardening is that pests, like the voles that have stolen two of my artichoke plants, find it harder to burrow under and eat the roots of things planted in say, a toy truck.
Unusual containers are also just fun. It would have been easy to turn the bit of dirt beside our driveway into another regular garden bed. But when presented with a 12 foot fishing boat, what is a girl to do? Plant beans, naturally!
Then again, sometimes the container isn’t all that unusual, but the crop growing in it is altogether out of the ordinary…