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RE: creative solutions for stealing

  • Subject: RE: [cg] creative solutions for stealing
  • From: "Jack N. Hale" <jackh@knoxparks.org>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 09:20:55 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

I've heard of fairly well organized gardens planting "help yourself" beds
with explanatory signs at the entrance to the gardens.  Nice idea even if it
doesn't work.
We advise gardeners to
1. grow your tomatoes and other "stealables" away from the path.
2. screen the more attractive stuff with plants that are taller or
uncomfortable to walk through
3. don't plant crops that beg to be stolen and that will ruin your life when
somebody takes the hint - watermelons are the most obvious example
4. plant enough to share


-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Sally McCabe
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 10:12 PM
To: Ginger Ogilvie; community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: [cg] creative solutions for stealing

Fences are for dogs ,small children, and honest neighbors.  The higher you
make the fence, the more attractive you make what's behind it.

My experience says that most of the theft is an inside job, and not
malicious (sp?)  We call this "ephemeral theft"  People in the next plot
get annoyed when produce doesn't get picked in time, or what THEY judge is
the right time. Or the gardener dashing through the garden in need of a
tomato, sees that none of hers are ripe, and grabs the handiest one,
knowing full well that someone will do the same from hers. This I can live

What pisses ME off is when somebody comes in with a shopping bag and cleans
out the whole garden. (Libby's solution is to install a cash register at
the gate.)  Even worse is smashed pumpkins and thrown tomatoes. No good
excuses for these.

We have a gardener who plants all kinds of interesting things, then never
comes back to water or weed. The rest of us pitch in and water every week,
weed the paths before tours and contests, tie stuff back on the trellis
when it overgrows, etc. So we of course all feel justified picking the
stuff we've taken care of when it gets ready. And that's when we hear from
him that someone stole all his produce. So far nobody's had the heart to
clue him in.

Old-time creative solutions:
Vines on the fence to make the garden less visible
Plant off-color vegetable--pink tomatoes, white or small eggplants
Dust everything with flour to make it look like you used a pesticide
Cherry tomatoes--kids have to be REALLY persistant to get all of them every
Plant enough to share


At 11:44 AM -0600 8/15/01, Ginger Ogilvie wrote:
>We are once again experiencing our usual rash of late summer tomato and
>eggplant heists in our gardens. Aside from land mines and barbed wire, have
>any of you come up with creative solutions to stop stealing? Perhaps a
>rotation of gardeners who are 'on watch'? Background: three of our four
>gardens are not locked (and even if we locked them, they'd be easy to get
>into), and the fourth has a 6 foot fence with a padlock. Even the locked
>garden experiences loss of produce. A final twist: some of our gardeners
>suspect that the stealing is an inside job - does anyone have experience
>with this type of situation? I know this is an age-old problem, but any
>or consolation would be appreciated. Thanks.
>Ginger Ogilvie
>Community Gardening Coordinator
>Wasatch Community Gardens
>(801) 359-2658 phone/fax (801) 322-4810
>350 South 400 East Suite 101B
>Salt Lake City, UT 84111
>community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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