Green Thumbs Wanted, Not Sticky Fingers

(Omaha World-Herald) When two Omaha neighborhood gardens were stripped of hundreds of plants, organizers of some area gardens began looking for ways to give potential thieves a tougher row to hoe.

Last month, thieves took $1,000 worth of plants before they could be put in the ground from the Orchard Hill Garden near 40th and Seward Streets. A few days earlier, 50 to 75 vegetable plants were uprooted from the Sherman Community Center’s Youth Garden near 16th Street and Hartman Avenue.

“We heard that awful news of two other gardens being hit and kind of reviewed our situation,” said Kurt Goetzinger of the Benson Community Garden. “One of the best things we have going is (the garden) is very visible on a corner lot.”

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