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Old 08-07-2013, 05:47 AM
 
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My mother's cousin had a weekend bungalow she leased out in Lancaster County. The neighbor amish kids would break in and watch her TV and help themselves to anything they wanted and I lost a spade I used to dig up earthworms for fishing to them. It was a nice place out in the country along a large slow moving creek.
An amish farmer had a barn there and a pig pen along with fields of corn and watermelon and cantelopes. He was kind of a jerk who wanted the land to use and when my cousins lease was up he bought it and tore down the bungalow cut down trees and put up another barn. A nice country oasis was gone.
When we'd have weekend picnics there we'd help ourselves to his fruit as payback for the theft and breakins. We'd take a watermelon or cantelope and give what was left to his pigs and watch them fight over it. A pig will eat even the rind. We'd also take ears of sweet corn and give his pigs a treat.
I "fertilized" his cornfield once so its not like we never gave anything back.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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This didn't happen to ME, but a friend of mind who lives up the road had two women and several children strip his garden and load his vegetables in a wagon and leave - in broad daylight. Some neighbors saw this, called him at work, and asked him if he'd given permission for his garden to be picked. He was irate about it and called the cops. The cops got to them before they even got home with their wagon. They said they were told at the local food bank that it was a "community food bank garden" and food bank recipients were free to pick it (which was absolute BS). Most of what they took wasn't even ripe.

Luckily my gardens are way in the back of my property, well hidden from the road. The only way they'd have of getting to them would be across our driveway where we'd see them first thing, or across the vacant property next door. There are many ground hog holes there, and they'd likely break an ankle stepping in one, so it wouldn't be worth their trouble.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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A friend of mine had a problem while living in an on-campus apartment complex. He grew spices outside in pots, and they disappeared constantly. He preferred far spicier food than most Americans, and the area was mostly Asian, so I guess that explains that.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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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.
I can't believe they didn't get a bellyache and the runs from eating those!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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just by my dog - he likes ripe cherry tomatoes andd english cucumbers
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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Interesting stories! Question about birds eating fruit. Does anyone use bird nets and do they work?
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:08 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Interesting stories! Question about birds eating fruit. Does anyone use bird nets and do they work?
I have on my dwarf cherry. Does netting work? Yes. Is it a pain in the ass to put on and then take off? Doubly yes.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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Did you get the stuff back?
Didn' get anything back except one night the mysterious blue tote was returned. I had a description of the pick-up truck they used and the woman, but no license plate number.
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:41 PM
 
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Neighbors kids kept harvesting strawberries from my raised beds (6ft fence was no deterrent) so I planted broccoli/cabbage instead. Zero problems .
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Illinois
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Every year the children of the neighbors eat everything they can reach, like locusts. On the one hand, it is annoying, but on the other hand, these are children.
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