So I was reading James Rawles’ Survival Blog yesterday and noticed this link on thieves stealing vegetables from gardens in the U.K. Yowzer – times are tough when people steal from someone else’s garden! Hmmmm, imagine what the situation would be like if this was a true SHTF situation. You’d need armed guards to patrol the rows of garlic. It is within your right to, if you feel your life is threatened, to take the appropriate actions to defend yourself even if that means lethal action. While I seriously doubt any court would side with some gardener blasting some dude stealing his green peppers, should SHTF, and the food delivery trucks stop arriving at your local supermarket and everyone scrambling to save what little food is available, under THAT type of a situation when those green peppers and ears of corn COULD mean the difference between life and death, perhaps courts WOULD side with a home gardener taking lethal action to defend the pumpkin patch – or what have you – assuming courts are functioning in such a collapse of societal order.
Garden protection action when times go bad.
It won’t be an easy task, particularly if you live in a populated area where few people have their own gardens. Unless it’s total TEOTWAWKI and you’ve grouped up with others to seek mutual defense, it’s unlikely that you and your family will be able to conduct 24-hour watch shifts on the garden, but I think there are steps you can take to keep your property safe from the start. Try these on for size:
- Sleep in your garden! Make yourself a smooth little bed in-between the rows of corn and lay down all snug in your sleeping bag (hyperlink). Maybe make that nighty-night spot between two raised beds for superior concealment. Sleep away. Chances are high you’ll wake up if someone enters the garden.
Afraid you won’t wake up? Take some tin cans, put small pebbles in them and then string them around the perimeter tied to each other like a harmless tripwire that makes noise. Hell, even just leaving these in the garden if you’re NOT there will clue people in that you’re taking precautions to protect your produce.
Fence the garden in – as stated in the post title. No, it won’t keep someone determined out, but it could make someone move on to the next garden.
Leave the dog in the garden to sleep. It’ll bark at anything that enters, and if the garden is fenced, the dog will stay in. Hopefully the dog barks before any thief plugs it with a subsonic .22 round, however.
If your garden has been raided – stay up in the garden and pose as a scarecrow – lol. That’d be creepy as shit:
“Bob . . did that scarecrow just move?”
“Shhhh! C’mon, grab those eggplants and tomatoes.”
- Game cameras used for deer could also help you out so long as they’re quiet and don’t have a flash. If you garden gets raided then you could at least -hopefully – have a picture of the thieves.
Do YOU have ideas I haven’t considered?
Should shit REALLY hit the fan, it’d be hard to beat just teaming up with your neighbors and friends on one big, massive garden that everyone pools labor and protection efforts on. In the center of that mega-garden – build a pill box.
- Ranger Man
BTW: following up on the Global Warming versus Global Cooling post, the Old Farmer’s Almanac (not to be confused with the Farmer’s Almanac) is going further than just saying it’ll be a cold winter, they’re saying the next FIFTY YEARS based on solar activity data that points to a cooler climate. Read the news story right here.
“We at the almanac are among those who believe that sunspot cycles and their effects on oceans correlate with climate changes,” writes meteorologist and climatologist Joseph D’Aleo. “Studying these and other factors suggests that cold, not warm, climate may be our future.” “We say that if human beings were not contributing to global warming, it would become real cold in the next 50 years,” Hale said.
LOL – global warming has SAVED us!
Call me demented, but – at least on some level – the thought of actually having enough Maine snow to take the kids sledding in the winter is appealing. The thought of filling the mountains with snow is exciting. If you’ve never hiked to the top of a snow filled mountain in the winter and blazed a trail down with snow shoes – you don’t know what you’re missing.