Anyways, I went to check on our crabapple bush/tree thing. Last time I checked, there were about a dozen apples and I was planning on making a jelly or something out of them. There were THREE apples. THREE!!!! None were on the ground and DH has been mowing the lawn regularly so he would have noticed if any apples fell.
I was so incredibly upset last night that people would just take our fruit!!!! Without even asking!!! I was tempted to put up a sign that says, "Please do not take fruit. POISONOUS!" We also have an olive tree and two guava trees in our yard. I am worried people may think it's ok to just "help themselves". And since money is tight this year, I'm planning on giving olives and guava jelly as presents this year! So I need all the fruit we can harvest! We've lived here for years; it's the same house DH grew up in but we never had a problem like this before.
I really don't want to build a fence as it would need to be right up to the sidewalk and I think that is not a good look. But I wish people would atleast ASK to pick our fruit!!! Now I won't have any crabapple jelly/jam!!
When I lived in my previous house we had a couple of mango trees in the backyard and on mango season everyone who came to my house left with a huge bag of them wether they liked mangos or not , we did cook with them and did a bunch of things but still there were too many for us, and I always liked to share.
"These apples do not belong to you. Do not steal them. This means YOU!"
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If I see a fruit tree that has fruit rotting on the ground I knock on the persons door and ask if I could pick some fruit. I have sometimes left someones house with bags and bags of apples, peaches, pears, cherries, etc.
The apples weren't low to the ground and they were a good size. Usually when an animal takes our fruit, there is evidence that the animal ate it. The people we have seen in the neighborhood that pick the fruit from other people's trees don't just pick the fruit that has fallen. They come by with bags and pick the fruit off the tree. But again, I didn't know them so maybe they had permission though it does look suspicious when I see them travelling from house to house, getting the fruit.
We have orange trees in the backyard and some of the branches hang over the fence, which leads to an open field. I've seen people reaching up and grabbing oranges off our tree and I've had to yell at them to please leave our oranges on the tree alone!
I don't have a problem with sharing. We share our harvest with several neighbors and bring extras to the local senior center with also operates as a food bank. I just don't like people taking without asking!
we have a neighbor with a gorgeous english style garden
i'm one of several crazy ladies on the block who goes outside at all hours in various states of dress to scold flower pickers
it's actually kind of fun to yell at them
anyway, several of us think she should put up motion detectors connected to really powerful sprinklers and/or bad piano recital music . . . just another option to consider
No useful advice (the sign's a good idea, though), but interesting thing I learned last week? Stealing fruit has a technical name. It's called scrumping.
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No lie. Granted, in order to be Grand Theft, they have to steal over $100 worth of fruit ;-) but your sign doesn't need to be that explicit. (It is petty theft if it's under $100.)
For this reason, I never, EVER, take fruit from people's yards. However, around here, people will pick a whole bunch of fruit and leave a box near the curb saying "FREE ORANGES!" or whatever. People also post on Freecyle and Craigslist when they have surplus produce to give away.
And I asked our next-door neighbors when we moved in if they minded us picking lemons that hung over into our side of the fence. They said welcome to it, and hey, pick some of the ones on the other side, too... they never use them all! So, with permission, it's fine.
Ummm, we never use it because it is gone before it has fully ripened. Somebody even took my green tomatoes last week Once in a while we'll get a jug of homemade wine or opera or soccer tickets from one of the folks that took the fruit but at some point I would like to feel that our yard is ours. Talking to these people would cause a huge rift in the family and my FIL would loose some friends over it so I just have to wait it out or move far far away.
You can put up a sign and hope people read and obey it.