Our garden is in a school ground, in a low-income
neighbourhood and most of the gardeners have experienced the frustration of
things being stolen out of their plots. In the last week, one of the
gardeners installed a nearly 6-foot tall chain-link fence with a locked gate
around their plot. Now I completely understand and sympathize with the
feelings that caused this gardener to take such action, but the fact remains
that the new fence feels out of place in a community garden. The gardeners
have discussed this problem of theft many times before, but never has this been
seen as the right kind of solution.
2 questions: first, do any community gardens have
rules about fences around plots? second, can you share your creative and
effective solutions for dealing with theft?