Ok, I know this is a odd post, but I am going to share anyway..
over the past few years on facebook and in my gardening groups, I have often heard folks talking about garden theft..
In all the years on the farm, I have never had a issue till this year.. LOL
Yup, someone stole about 60 dollars (store value locally) of my Zucchini
Are you rolling on the floor yet.. We have all heard the stories that come aug, these get gifted to all your friends and family, that they get left on the porch etc.
Well, this year, I grew my plants in hills on the very edge of my property facing the road, and on sunday, I sent my hubby out to check on them as we had lots of male flowers, time for the females and he reported back, yes at least 24 plus Zucchini were coming.. figured they would be ready in two to four days.. so on Tuesday, I did walkabout and I just happened to take 5 photo of the hills, and yes in the photo’s there was a Zucchini in each one, in fact there was some in every hill, some hills had two plants producing at the same time etc..
I thought, I like mine a bit bigger so I will harvest, weds or thusday.. went out Thusday with a huge steel bowl to collect my first crop and….
EVERY SINGLE ONE of them.. someone had walked down the path and carefully taken each one off the plant, no damage was done it was a clean twist and pull..
by the time I got to the end of the line, I thought, you couldn’t have left me a couple hills..
Then I came in and stewed on this for a number of days, finally shared the story on the weekend and finally read to put it on the blog..
Ok, so I am torn..
A) if you were that hungry that you needed to steal my Zucchini, then take it, and I guess that means everything else alongside the road is now up for grabs, that means you will get beans, squash both summer and winter and more..
B) REALLY, you don’t have three feet of ground in your own world to grow a plant yourself.. clearly you like the stuff or you can sell the stuff.. I mean have you seen the price in the stores for six little tiny four to five inch Zucchini, it be wild..
I can’t decide if I should set up my trail cam or just write a note to pin to a tree..
So what would you do, have you had food theft in your gardens, have you found that gardens that grow close to the road is more open to thift. Did you figure out who was stealing your hard grown food, and if so, what did you do about it..