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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Urgh! I am so mad. I have a garden plot at our community college. There is a fence around it but it is not locked. In mid-July, just as the vegetables were ripening, people started stealing them.

I put up signs saying "Please do not steal, we worked hard on these gardens, Thank you". For two glorious weeks, I have been able to pick my tomatoes and cucumbers. I was at the garden Friday and left about 15 tomatoes on the vines that were just about ripe. I came back today to pick them, and every one of my tomatoes were gone.

I am so angry about this! I wish I had a yard so I could have my own garden. I am heartbroken :(
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  • GAILRUU
    I would be upset if someone stole my tomatoes although I would happily share with them if they asked for some. I hope the rest of your garden is untouched. You can pick them a few days before they are fully ripe and bring them inside to finish ripening. Good luck!
    3621 days ago
  • MS_DOLLY
    Sorry Sandy emoticon . I agree that tomatoes do grow well in containers. Do you have a backyard, porch, or balcony where you can set some half barrels? We would get the half barrel containers and plant tomatoes in them. Each barrel can hold two plants.
    I am sorry someone stole them and like others, I hope it was someone that was desperately in need of food.
    3625 days ago
  • AMARILYNH
    I'm so sorry - that is just SOOOO wrong!!
    3626 days ago
  • MJK0430
    Oh I feel so bad for you. Home grown tomatoes are the best!
    3627 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2445638
    emoticon So sorry, but your tomatoes must be wonderful and hopefully have blessed someone else.
    3628 days ago
  • LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    I'm so sorry to hear about it - wish you were closer to me and could pick some of my tomatoes! I got carried away and planted too many bushes, now we are 'drowning' in tomatoes - nice problem to have, haha! By the way, I have 'almost' no yard and have planted in containers - tomatoes in particular seem to do very well in a large pot on the patio so you might want to give it a try for next year.

    In the meantime, see if the CC will consider putting a combination lock on the gate - it won't keep everyone out but it might at least slow them down!
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    3629 days ago
  • BABY_GIRL69
    I am so sad to hear that! If my yard was fenced in I would offer it to you. This is so terrible & it should be punishable by law. I mean you have laboured & toiled with love & to have have someone steal what you held nurture its a crime! I mean this is too crazy but people have no manners or home training to know not to do this. Maybe you should put the sign up in different languages but "no" means exactly that in every language.

    God bless!

    Dee
    3629 days ago
  • BRAVEONE92
    So sorry Sandy, that you lost all of your tomatoes.
    I feel that when something is stolen from you,
    that it is a anger that is very hard to let go. To
    think someone would enter after reading the
    sign, is heartbreaking. Hopefully, it was someone
    who was hungry and did not have money to pay
    for food. Even locks don't keep out thieves these
    days. Look at all the house break ins!!
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    3629 days ago
  • KAMAPERRY
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon How awful!! People can be so rude!
    3629 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Oh, I am so sorry, Sandy. That is awful. We've had robbers in our garden, too, and they have stolen all the green beans, and all of the peas. Only our thieves are rabbits. I have grown to hate rabbits! I'm sorry that people who should have consciences have taken your hard-worked for fruit. emoticon
    3629 days ago
  • WINDSWEPTACRES
    So, what's the difference between stealing someone's tomatoes and stealing someone's car or bank account? Just the degree! This person could have put work into having their own plot in the communal garden, but chose the easy way out.

    I know there's not much you can do about the theft except let other people know there are thieves around. Is there any way the individual plots can be locked? We shouldn't have to post armed guards with shotguns to protect a few vegetables.

    Although we have land, the climate is too dry and windy for most plants to thrive. We have three tomato plants hanging in Topsy-Turvies in the living room, and plan on putting bell peppers and banana peppers in as well next year. Hubby uses an artist's paintbrush to tickle the blossoms and pollinate them.

    I know part of the joy of gardening is working outdoors and spending time with other gardeners. Unfortunately, it only takes a few people with an "entitlement mentality" to spoil things. Grrr!

    Now, take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and ask that the Universe visit Justice on the thieves. Okay, I'm old and crotchety, and much less forgiving than I used to be.



    3629 days ago
  • GOATGIRLJM
    Im realy sorry. People can be selfish and rude. If they wanted tomato they should have done what u did and planted some. The person that did this might not get caught but they will have to answer to this someday. emoticon
    3629 days ago
  • PAT262
    I have a big barrel that was cut in half and it give me a perfect small garden. It doesn't require much space ... an apartment balcony will do fine.
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    3629 days ago
  • UMBILICAL
    They are only tomatoes. Just pretend that a homeless person who was starving picked your tomatoes. May not be true, but nonetheless, it could be.
    3629 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2244567
    THAT IS TERRIBLE. WHY DON'T YOU GET THOSE TOPSIE TURVIES AND HANG THEM AT YOUR HOUSE WE DID THEY WORK GREAT.
    ONE DAY ONE STEP AT A TIME WE WILL ALL DO THIS TAKE CARE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING AT ALL WE CAN DO JUST LET US KNOW. CHAR
    3629 days ago
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