How I Prevent Stealing From My Community Garden

How I Prevent Stealing From My Community Garden

John from shares with you what has been pilfered from his community garden plots in the past and now. In this episode John will share his techniques for minimizing stealing from his community garden plots by thinking smarter and not working harder.


  1. theuglykwan on June 7, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Grow something that looks like a popular crop but has a laxative effect. 🙂

  2. Ceasing Existence on June 7, 2019 at 1:38 am

    i have a garden in my backyard that’s producing well… but i think i’m ok because i have 2 basset hounds that guard the backyard like its thier baby!

  3. Meng De Chow on June 7, 2019 at 1:38 am

    People steal for many reasons. Sometimes might implies the economy was not doing well for everybody.

  4. Esther on June 7, 2019 at 1:38 am

    You said you put the stinging nettle in a smoothie. Doesn’t it hurt to drink it?

  5. Sarah gtodarillo on June 7, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I’m watching this instead of sleeping as I’m so angry that someone has dug up two of my chili plants and they cut one of my two capsicums from my planter in the community garden. Tomorrow I’m digging everything up and putting them in pots and I’ll try and figure out where to put them all in our tiny backyard. Some people are just jerks.

  6. Nathan Rogers on June 7, 2019 at 1:38 am

    We planted some crops that are largely unknown in the US. One of the crops we planted for my wife is what she knows as huckleberry. It is NOT what most people in the US would know. It is an African vegetable that is a member of the nightshade family and looks a lot like poisonous nightshade. The plants are in fact completely edible. The berries are edible but flavorless. They typically harvest the greens and eat those like spinach steamed into their dishes. Very tasty! Never once had it stolen. Lost a lot of other veggies but never that one!

  7. gphx on June 7, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Grow things like wonderberries and jaltomates which are easily confused with poisonous black nightshades. You had a lot of good ideas.

  8. Shane Corning on June 7, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I think one Commenter is on the right track? …. But … Make a Sign? With a container. "If you want food please donate if you can" ??? 🙂

  9. Karen Echasseriau on June 7, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Truly informative video John. Keep it up!!!

  10. Figaro Hey! on June 7, 2019 at 1:46 am

    How do you get away with bringing seeds into the US? I tried one time and had them confiscated. Do you have a license to import small lots of seeds? Or do you just pretend you have nothing to declare and import the seeds illegally? You’re supposed to declare all seeds, plants, fruits, foods, etc. and submit them for inspection unless you’ve got an importer’s license and you follow strict rules.

    In short: viewers, don’t watch this and think, ‘Great! I’ll bring home a bunch of seeds from my next trip abroad!’ because you DO have to declare them and they WILL take them away (and destroy them) if you don’t have paperwork proving that they are being imported legitimately and safely.

    Just ONE piece of fruit smuggled into California caused the great fruit fly infestation of the early ’80s, and cost the state over 100 million dollars. You don’t want to be the person who is responsible for introducing some alien fungus or fly to your state’s (country’s) farms and gardens, potentially wiping out millions or billions of dollars worth of crops.

  11. HIGHLANDER on June 7, 2019 at 1:48 am

    One could also install a motion sensor sprinkler system that start watering when it sensors people walking. They have them to scare animals… All that needs to be hidden though. .. Good kuch with your new timer… 🌱🌱🌱

  12. Mimi B on June 7, 2019 at 1:49 am

    thats great you share stuff

  13. Account Vz on June 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Skunks, raccoons, and squirrels are all my enimes, when it come to my garden

  14. Viola Hamilton on June 7, 2019 at 1:51 am

    We always had them cooked with half spinach, delicious! Soup too the same way.

  15. Jedi Vague on June 7, 2019 at 1:52 am

    You have such positive energy towards unfortunate events. Well done. I admire your valiant presence!

  16. DesertDigger1 on June 7, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Hunger is a powerful thing.

  17. Joe Kehoe on June 7, 2019 at 1:54 am

    i cant speak for you id poison the crops. that way if they steal it bye bye thief too fucking bad

  18. Joseph Terrill on June 7, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I always thought community gardens were as much about growing community as food, maybe check out Food is free as well, bless!

  19. Steven Bolin on June 7, 2019 at 1:55 am

    you know if you would just ask most would share, theft is against the law, look it up, duh!

  20. nice Amigo on June 7, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I planted gooseberry bush the blush berrys are lovely to eat and cook with , but the spines/spikes are like razor wire. no loss of my crops.

  21. n w on June 7, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Your awesome John

  22. Karen Russell on June 7, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Thank you. Very inspiring!

  23. Viola Hamilton on June 7, 2019 at 2:02 am

    "them" is stinging nettles! Thanks for the other recommendations.

  24. John Aaron on June 7, 2019 at 2:02 am

    You have a great attitude towards things. You’re a great inspiration. Growing my greens because of your help. Thank you for all your videos.

  25. David Thiel on June 7, 2019 at 2:04 am

    God bless the hungry thieves…. borrow food permanently …leave the tools..that is the spirit of the honor system ..if you can pay a little for it, thank you.if not…enjoy and God bless you

  26. Redeemed Believer on June 7, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Here’s the thing — most of the time people don’t steal to eat because they are hungry.. they steal from a garden simply because they can.. ( dude i want some tomatoes — plants in the open, no one around– picked and they walk off ) I agree that we should feed one another, but under honest circumstances, not theft…I’m sure John does enough for his community. Protecting one’s hard work isn’t wrong is natural

  27. Clyde Cash on June 7, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Thanks for the tip, John. Now I know what veggies to steal.

  28. Valentin Lance on June 7, 2019 at 2:09 am

    To everyone in the comment section, here are some basic facts about most thieves. Most of them don’t steal because they are hungry and left without other options, most of them steal because they are greedy, cheap, and too lazy to earn their own rewards. Thieves are not "in need", if that were the case, they would kindly ask for help from their neighbors, the food bank, or simply ask the gardener whether the gardener would offer some food. In conclusion, thieves deserve to be smacked and beat as a public example so that younger generations know what not to do with their lives.

  29. joe cristie on June 7, 2019 at 2:10 am

    do you eat the stinging nettles raw blended? or cooked and blended?

  30. Figaro Hey! on June 7, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Bor-ahzz? Here’s a hint: look up how to pronounce words before you say them in a public place. This guy’s English is like an illiterate 10-year-old. Seriously detracts from the information when the speaker can’t speak English like an educated adult.

  31. Niki Tennison on June 7, 2019 at 2:13 am

    These guys, lol

  32. Michele Paccione on June 7, 2019 at 2:15 am

    You should grow something near the water timer so it can’t easily be seen. It’s amazing what people will steal. I used to commute to the bus stop on my bike, and someone stole the rear wheel and deraiileur because they couldn’t unlock the bike from the bike stand…right across the street from the police station.

  33. Ruth Kjar on June 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Good attituded. Something to always remember.

  34. Z L on June 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

    nice one.
    But whose small dog is that tied up on what looks like a very heavy chain.. see in top right hand corner towards end of video. 13.50 mins… 🙁

  35. jorasparents on June 7, 2019 at 2:19 am

    What the … you feel happy you help people by letting them STEAL your timer and veg? That’s … odd.

  36. Michelle Perfect on June 7, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I’m a little confused and have a question, does the community help with the gardening? And eat the food grown? If it’s a community garden and someone perhaps needs a tomato or are hungry, are they free to take one?

  37. veronica beck on June 7, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Do you sell the seeds, I’m just starting to garden this year

  38. john doe on June 7, 2019 at 2:21 am

    landmines and kung-fu!

  39. Alexander Whiteman on June 7, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Why not just plant some tomacco?

  40. Never Gonnatell on June 7, 2019 at 2:21 am


  41. ASMR Gratitude on June 7, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Goodness gracious! I am shocked to hear about how many people are stealing parts of your garden.

  42. missmya3972 on June 7, 2019 at 2:27 am

    that’s one thing that I can’t stand is a thief.

  43. Nikki Mindek on June 7, 2019 at 2:27 am

    How do you prevent theft of your plants in a apartment complex?

  44. Kubo Šmahovský on June 7, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Stinging nettles are often used to make sirup in my country! It tastes very good and is very healthy but I’ve never heard of anyone who’d grow them in their garden, since they’re just all arround in the forrests… but definitely very tasty and healthy. I actually don’t like any herbal tea aside from stinging nettle (unless it has a spoonful of honey in it).

  45. St8kout on June 7, 2019 at 2:30 am

    You can’t leave anything laying around because people will take anything that’s not nailed down, even if they don’t need it. I left an old broom in my front yard one afternoon and didn’t remember until after the sun went down. Too late, already gone.

  46. Nathan Grant on June 7, 2019 at 2:32 am

    3:24 he rly just pulled a steve irwin with the garden

  47. Pia Jensen on June 7, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Great ideas! Found a couple of ripe squash gone from my front yard garden this morning and love the Yacon idea in particular for the strip closest to the street. Haven’t got that seed now, but have plenty of sunflower for a late season planting here in Uruguay. Funny, nobody stole the sunflower heads that already ripened. I cut the last of them down the other day and have given away a lot of sunflower seed. That’s the silly thing, I give the produce away! People need to ask instead of stealing.

  48. unlabuntenga on June 7, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Put a fake camera on the shed near the water pump. Also a high voltage sticker on the pump.

  49. Jonathan Kosyjana on June 7, 2019 at 2:35 am

    man people can be real lame

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