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Old 08-04-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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No never- when I had a garden I grew so much I could not give it all away...My mother was big on vegetable gardens and flowers...no one dared go near her garden cos' folks knew she could spear you with a broom pole at 30 yards. Here in the core of the city I have a pretty good roof top garden...soil and enough of it is a problem and watering has to be done daily. A couple of years ago some idiot came up the fire escape in the dead of night and stole my lemon tree...imagine that. I am sure that it died on them within a week...That did bother me.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Nope. Just critters.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Right were I should be!
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Not really. May have something to do with the fact that just about everyone in the area has guns. There is a lot of hunting that takes place in my neck of the woods and people around here, especially kids, are a lot more respectful of other people's properties. Parents around here are not shy about knocking on someone's door with their crying kids in tow to have the kids explain what they've done and EXACTLY how they are going to make it up to you. My neighbor had her entire yard cared for by neighborhood kids after they raided her garden the year before. They mowed, trimmed, mulched, weeded, shoveled... for 12 months!!!

Lesson learned for this generation around here! ;D
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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A few years ago we had a neighborhood garage sale. A lady admired my next door neighbors huge hostas and (fool that I was) told her I was relandscaping my entire back yard and if she wanted one, to get the giant one under the tree in the blue tote, but please return the tote, which she did. During our chat I mentioned a planned trip the following week. Yep, you can see where this is going. Returned from out of town to find over 250 hostas, five large knock-out rose bushes, hundreds of iris, everything....dug right out of the ground. They took every plant, including 9 large arborvitae still in the buckets, the wind chimes and water fountain and that blue tote. When I questioned the neighbors they thought it was OK because she said I sold it all to her. They assumed it was true since they saw her out there (with me) twice.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co. TN
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When I lived in town a couple illegal women would bring their kids with bags and send them into my yard to steal apples off the trees when I wasn't home. The thing that really got me was the apples weren't near ripe. I caught my son with his paint ball gun aimed at them one evening and stopped him from firing just in time. I confronted them but they didn't speak any English. I got a neighbor to translate and told them to wait till the apples were ripe and come to the door and they could pick some but according to another neighbor they still came at night and took green apples.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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A few years ago we had a neighborhood garage sale. A lady admired my next door neighbors huge hostas and (fool that I was) told her I was relandscaping my entire back yard and if she wanted one, to get the giant one under the tree in the blue tote, but please return the tote, which she did. During our chat I mentioned a planned trip the following week. Yep, you can see where this is going. Returned from out of town to find over 250 hostas, five large knock-out rose bushes, hundreds of iris, everything....dug right out of the ground. They took every plant, including 9 large arborvitae still in the buckets, the wind chimes and water fountain and that blue tote. When I questioned the neighbors they thought it was OK because she said I sold it all to her. They assumed it was true since they saw her out there (with me) twice.
Did you get the stuff back?
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Not really. May have something to do with the fact that just about everyone in the area has guns. There is a lot of hunting that takes place in my neck of the woods and people around here, especially kids, are a lot more respectful of other people's properties. Parents around here are not shy about knocking on someone's door with their crying kids in tow to have the kids explain what they've done and EXACTLY how they are going to make it up to you. My neighbor had her entire yard cared for by neighborhood kids after they raided her garden the year before. They mowed, trimmed, mulched, weeded, shoveled... for 12 months!!!

Lesson learned for this generation around here! ;D
Now that is some great parents to scare their kids straight!!
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Old farmer got tired of kids stealing watermelons from his patch so he put a sign by the road, "Warning! One of these watermelons has been injected with poison." He hadn't done that but they wouldn't know which one had been poisoned IF he had. The next morning when he checked the patch, the sign had a new sign on it. "Warning! TWO of these watermelons has been injected with poison"
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Twice, I've had someone come in and take every grape off of 6 very large loaded grape vines. They have to come inside a 6 foot tall chain link fence with a chain on the gate to do it. There is no mistake about whether or not they are on private property.

Then one year, some one came in and cleaned every apple off the apple trees and every pear.

That was bad enough, but the fruit was very under-ripe and sour: grapes, apples, and all. So not only did they steal food that I needed for my family, they weren't able to eat it themselves. They had to have thrown it all away.

The birds get almost all of the cherries, but they aren't shy about it, so it is pretty obvious that it is bird damage and not theft by humans.

I've never had vegetables stolen, but I know people who have had their veggie gardens stripped; mostly tomatoes and sweet corn. Nobody seems to steal the zucchini
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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No, but I had a lime tree and it produced more limes than we could use. I gave many of the extras away, in fact I told all my neighbors that they could take what they wanted. We had plenty to share and never ran out.
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