Does this look like an abandoned logging road or DOT highway pullout? Is the garden so ratty it looks like it has just been let go and turned into an abandoned field?
Today while I was working on my column repairs a big fancy white SUV pulled into the top of my drive. A well dressed women got out of the passenger side and walked into the roadside vegetable/flower garden. I was watching. She returned to the big SUV with a fist full of Ironweed.
I hollered, "Excuse me. Just wait a minute there."
I went up there and asked her if she thought it was ok to come on private property and pick the wild flowers. She and her accomplish, another woman both said "Oh we didn't know."
Didn't know what I want to know.
"I only picked the pretty purple ones" she said.
"Yes I like those too."
I have already had the bejesus scared out of me about theft of construction materials and as you can see there is not a working gate up yet.
This time it was only flowers. The Ironweed is what they were after. She just yanked the tops right off two of the stems. To the right, out of the picture are the sad looking fabric covered rows of peppers, squash and tomato. The cucumbers bit the dust this year. How tidy does a place have to be before a person recognizes it as some one's garden?
So what would you do?
In the meantime while not protecting my valuables, I have been busy mixing 5000 psi concrete with fiber mesh added and pouring it into 12 inch diameter tubes that have been placed two feet up around my 8 inch diameter columns. The tops which turned out much better will have the few minor flaws patched with a masonry coating mixed with an acrylic fortifier. I am making very sure this concrete pours well and gets a good vibration.
The taller columns will get the same treatment with 12 inch diameter tubes placed at seven feet up on the 8 inch diameter columns. I'm gonna be mixing concrete for a spell.
It has started raining again and the summer is slipping away and so is my hillside of saprolite subsoil every time it rains hard enough. I have finally begun seeding this hillside with a blended mix of fescue grasses. Nothing has germinated in this soil for three months. It was obviously seed free. The grass is just temporary, something to hold the ground in place and begin the process of building a living soil while I build a small cabin.
Small piles of rocks are beginning to form as I continue to work the ground in bits and pieces. We all know what Piles O' Rocks mean. I am going to have to make some thing with all these rocks. Some thing new and different. I'm thinking. I also have five three foot tall sections of empty tube forms left over. Hmmm.
The fancy ladies in the SUV didn't pilfer any of these perennial sunflowers. I am fairly certain this is Helianthus maximilianii.
Perhaps once I start organizing some of these wild beauties people will think twice before they help themselves to the goodies in the roadside vegetable and flower garden.