This morning we experienced the low point of growing food in the city, as our intern saw a few men walking away with handfuls of our garlic, which is about five months old.
We haven't had much produce theft so far, but it's always a little frustrating when it happens. I guess we don't have to worry about four legged produce thieves like deer and rodents though! Mostly it's just been curious kids or neighbors pulling up a beet here or there or taking a tomato or two.
We really don't want a fence, as that defeats the whole idea of growing a garden and sharing food inside the city.
Right now we are starting a small fruit orchard along one side of the lot that will serve as a living fence. Hopefully tomorrow I will start building a flower bed along the front of the rows that go up to the sidewalk, so they are less tempting for people walking by. I won't mind as much if people trim a flower or two!
If you grow in the city, how do you deal with the issue of garden theft?
I posted more about our interaction with our neighbors and the interesting mix of garden theft & garden love here: http://www.baltimorediy.org/2012/04/today-on-boone-street-one-good-...