Have you ever walked past a garden with larceny in your heart? Spotted just that old-fashioned mock orange you’ve been looking for for years but can never find in a nursery? And thought, “Oh, what could it possibly hurt to steal just one little sucker?”
Or noticed a grape vine just dripping with grapes that nobody is bothering to pick?
Or worse, spied a crowded stand of bearded iris in some unbelievable color with nobody around? My husband’s had to shout me out of doing a bit of impromptu dividing more than once.
Well, give it up. The risks of crossing to the wrong side of the law just got steeper. New Scientist Magazine reports in its July 26 issue that scientists at the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen have been analyzing the organic parts of soil samples–which can hang around for thousands of years–to create new forensic tools. Their soil analysis is so accurate, it can pinpoint not just the geographical area where you’ve been marauding, but the particular garden bed. So, if Farmer McGregor decides to press charges, you may well be out of luck.