If you are indeed exposed and vulnerable to passersby, the wee hours of the morning are the best time to load in, before people wake. Even then the “drop method” is always best.
A drop is when you pull to the closest point between the road and your patch, jump out, stash your stuff beyond the tree line, then go hide your vehicle so that you can return and melt into the bush to do your grunt work out of view.
While parked and unloading at that vulnerable time, create subterfuge by getting your tire jack and spare out to explain why you are arbitrarily parked on the side of the road at odd hours in the middle of nowhere. Do not give the casual passerby the indulgence of wondering what you are doing; answer that question visually before he can entertain it.
If someone does come, abort your mission and leave the area for the day. Never risk that same vehicle seeing you in that same place on their return. If you have no choice but to park your vehicle in plain view while working, be sure to go a half-kilometer or so out of the area, then access your spot through the bush. Never park for hours on end with straight access to your garden.
If you have an open box in your truck, always cover your payload. Having things visible like a mountain bike or fishing gear is a good distraction – anything to throw off prying eyes and to maintain your privacy and protect your crop.
Good luck with your growing and happy trails!
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013