Several years ago I planted some gourd seed along my back fence. I thought it might be fun to hav e a few gourds to turn into birdhouses or rattles or whatever. Little did I know how vigorous these things are. They took over the fence, ran up a utility pole and down the power lines into the next yard. I had more gourds than I knew what to do with. I gathered up the ones I could reach and hung them up to dry. If you think you can't grow stuff, plant gourds, then stand back.