Fence that Garden for Deer AND Thieves

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:
  1. 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.
  2.  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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.scarecrow.jpg

  5. 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.”

  6. 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. Quote:
“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. Also, a new “reCover Disaster Shelter” light weight modular shelter for disaster relief has been developed. Kind of strange, not sure how it will sell, but here it is (provided by Geology Joe).
8 comments… add one
  • Mama Squirrel September 11, 2008, 5:35 am

    Ever see “Good Life” (aka “Good Neighbors” in the U.S.). Its a British comedy about suburban homesteading, but Mr. Good ends up shooting a leek thief in one episode. Oy!

    As I drive through my neighborhood, I can see who has a garden, and who has a huge stack of firewood that’s never been used in 10 years. Admittedly, it would be so easy to steal from these people. Even our neighbors across the street only know we have a garden by word of mouth of the neighbor kids who have been back there to see it. So yes…a nice, tall privacy fence (or hedge) is the first step.

    Direct neighbors might be less likely to steal from you, but not always…my father-in-law caught his next-door neighbor one morning stealing from his fruit trees.

    One good step I learned from home-security specialists…they say to plant thorny bushes under your windows. Some nice, thorny blackberries might do the trick around the outside where people could climb in. At least they would get what they deserved for trying.

  • SurvivalTopics.com September 11, 2008, 9:16 am

    People frequently steal from gardens. SHTF if a mans family is starving and right next door is a patch of squash and red ripe juicy tomatoes…well, what would YOU do?

    It can very tough to watch out 24/7 for garden thieves, either two or four footed. At least with a deer or woodchuck you can eat them so attracting these critters could actually be to your advantage.

    Remember, if you knock someone off you may get involved with revengeful friends and relatives. A bullet in the back while pulling weeds is not conducive to survival.

  • Babs September 11, 2008, 5:47 pm

    Hey, the Re-cover shelter is cute, though I’d like to see just how they keep those fan-fold boxes anchored and the footing dry in a wet emergency, such as flooding or post-hurricane. Maybe with some of the pallet the article links to?

    As for moving scarecrows, I’d rather rig a moving scarecrow and freak the thieves by being REAL among the wierdness — especially if they think they’re surrounded — than get plugged or smacked with a two-by-four dressed up in a cheesecloth halloween costume over a sack full of acorn squash.

    Not that I don’t love those golden-meaty delights with a little butter or bacon and brown sugar….

  • GeologyJoe September 12, 2008, 6:54 am

    keeping the garden very close to the house is another effective deterrent.

  • shtf homie #1 September 13, 2008, 12:16 am

    this will protect your garden
    youtube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBa5bQfTGc

    seriously rangerman, check it out.

  • Michael Hawkins September 13, 2008, 5:52 am

    Chainlink fence that doubles as a blackberry trellis:
    In addition to obscuring the view in a socially acceptable (low profile) manner, the bush will grow on both sides, making cutting the fence or scaling it a hazardous endeavor. Moving through would alert a dog, could be noted by some simple alarms (such as can and pebble rattlers)

    Additionally, the bushes can be used to conceal punji sticks on the inside of the perimeter should somebody climb over anyway.

    And whenever not functioning as a security device, it’s a steady seasonal source of sugary sweetness in your veins.

  • Stephanie in AR September 13, 2008, 9:57 am

    If you have the room, how about a fencerow of Osage-orange trees or black locust? The thorns on a black locust are at the base of each leaf and can be as long as your thumb. Accidentally ran into a scraggley one in the wild and never want to do that again. Both trees have other good uses too. Have read that the government used to plant these as hedge fences to protect more distant property lines, but that was a long time ago.


  • Jennersen September 15, 2008, 2:52 am

    I want the auto sentry hooked up to 4 AKs with drum mags programed to fire one after the other only after failures or it runs out of ammo! LOL

    Nice link shtf homie #1!


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