Many gardeners fear garden gnome infestations. They see one scurrying gnome and think their flower bed will be overrun. I hope this humble post can put the kibosh on this hurtful misconception.
Gnomes tend to be solitary and territorial. Female gnomes are so rare the population is endangered.
Gnomes can travel through soil as easily as we can walk through air. If you live in an urban area with compacted soil, the presence of a gnome is very good news indeed. They are better at aerating soil than even the mighty earthworm.
Peace Loving Creatures
Many garden gnomes have red caps. Because gnomes are secretive their culture is not well understood. People have somehow jumped to the conclusion that the caps are reddened from being dipped in the blood of enemies. As a result, gnomes are now the number one terrorist threat on several security lists.
This cap nonsense is a terrible lie spread by the same people trying to discredit the animal rights movement and environmentalism in general. Gnomes are vegans and pacifists. They are so gentle they can’t even trim their own beards.
Edit: While researching this topic I ran into a charming site. I hate it when people try to sell things on blogs and I haven’t actually bought anything from this guy but … I encourage you to take a look at Just Say Gnome because it might cause a smile.
And: Something that might not make you smile. If you haven’t already, do check out Green is the New Red by Will Potter which documents how the FBI uses anti-terrorism resources to target environmentalists. One woman, Lauren Gazzola, even found herself incarcerated in a federal prison for running a website championing animal rights. Scary stuff. The book reads a bit like a thriller but goes a bit further: it includes a fascinating discussion on why some people find the environmental movement so threatening they are prepared to squash free speech.