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RE: Theft

Libby is absolutely right - human nature is human nature.

Footnote: Tools - 

Keep two sections in your tool shed for the expensive, hard to replace tools
( with a lock) and an open area for trowels, shovels,  forks and less
expensive clippers. It is very easy for folks to accidentally walk home with
the smalled garden tools and we usually put a notice in our newsletter or on
the bulletin board of a "tool amnesty." It is also a great idea to have
specific places in the shed for tools - some gardens have the outlines of
the tools painted on the walls in traditional junior high school shop class

Visited the  Brooklyn Botanic garden earlier this summer where we observed
the tool shed that the children's gardening project uses there.  Their shed
has old tools in perfect, oiled condition. 

If more folks are engaged in tool maintenance, oiling, etc. ( a great hot
chocolate, winter social project) more folks are interested in tools not
walking away.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: Libby J. Goldstein [mailto:libby@igc.org]
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 11:51 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Theft

Kids tend to take unripe everything to throw at each other. One 
hardly ever sees them, but green tomatoes and apples on the ground 
indicate their presence.

Ripe stuff is usually taken by grown-ups. It really helps to harvest 
early and often. Tomatoes that are turning orange will not get any 
bigger, will ripen perfectly on the kitchen counter and taste great.

After a pumpkin or butternut squash turns color, it will not grow any 
bigger. Take it home.

Cover your melons with the vine or salt hay or whatever. The melons 
themselves don't need sun. The leaves do.

Carry a big stick and big mouth.



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