Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New disease alert for Gardeners

Garden advisory - Important Official Warning!

The Department of Gardening Affairs has issued a new warning for gardeners to be on the look-out for; strange Gnome behavior.  Reports have surfaced that the inanimate non-living statues are also apparently non-dead too.  While isolated incidents have been reported, an extended warning has been issued to be on the lookout for potential outbreaks.

Do you have an outbreak?

Frequently asked questions:

What are the signs?
  • Gnome skin tone will change from a baby fresh pink to a dull grey or green.
  • Clothing will look unkempt, messy and blood stained. Don't be fooled by the red pointy hat or blue jackets as the transformation may be in it's early stages.
  • Gnomes may have open wounds or sores and reports have come in about missing limbs that show no signs of glue.
  • Gnomes that have undergone the change may transmit a low audible moaning instead of the happy whistling or giggling sounds often heard.
  • Gnomes will be unresponsive to communication.
  • It you have a Gnome attached to your ankle area trying to chew on your foot, then it's infected! 

What do they feed on?
It has always been believed that zombies required human brains to maintain operational effectiveness.  However, due to their gravitationally challenged stature, they can only feed on our brain material when we lie down.  However, infected Gnomes will also feed on pink plastic Flamingos and little boy 'peeing' statues as the figurines are unable to stop the flow before being inundated by infected Gnomes.  Should you have either in your yard, we suggest raising flamingo's to a higher vantage point and stockpiling diapers for little boy statues capable of holding large amounts of fluids.

What habits should we be aware of?
While Gnome populations are minimal in city landscapes, the frequency of Gnome usage increases in rural areas.  Retirement communities are known to have the highest elevated populations, so safe distance should be maintained around those communities.  Caution must also be practiced in identifying infected Gnomes from retirees living in such communities.  Symptoms can be similar between the two groups, unresponsive to communication, low growling sounds, unkempt and messy in appearance etc.  Correct identification is necessary before applying control measures listed below.

Does the change of seasons affect infected Gnomes?
Yes, cooler temperatures slow down the gnomes movement around the garden but in freezing temperatures they hibernate in dead leaf litter until warmer temperatures return.

How do I protect my home from an invasion?
Increasing your homes fortification will prevent any intrusion from infected Gnomes.  Anti-Gnome fencing is being issued in high infected areas, which comes on rolls measuring 12 inches in height when placed on the ground.  This product was once mocked in the home landscape but is now hailed to prevent attacks and credited with saving live's!

Outdoor Safety

  • Always notify people when leaving the safety of your house.  Give times of arrival, locations to be visited and carry your cell phone about you at all times.
  • Wear protective clothing when venturing outside.  Kinky boots or thigh high boots are recommend to prevent ankle bites.
  • Avoid cauliflower patches, since they can look like brains and may attract larger numbers of roaming infected gnomes.
  • When approached by an infected gnome, stepping over them has proven greatly effective.

Control Measures

The removal of the gnomes heads has shown effective in controlling the spread but removal should start at the back of the head, just below the skull as the beard has proven to deflect the incision.  Lifting of the severed head for disposal, should be done by holding the red pointy hat as the severed gnomes head will still have the ability to bite!
Should you find yourself unarmed, a large terracotta pot will restrict the Gnomes movement before a chopping implement can be found.  As a back up, super glue should always be carried to glue the Gnome in place until such time that its head can be safely removed.  Because Gnomes will often travel and congregate in packs, ride on mowers has proven effective in large scale beheading.

Tests are being conducted under laboratory conditions to see if the infection can mutate to infect other objects.  Early indications have shown that the disease is restricted to just Gnomes, but concerns remain that other lawn ornaments may be subjected to the same infection.


It looks like we're too late!

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  1. Considering the current invasion, I think Gnome Punting should return as a leisure activity. Thigh high kinky boots will be standard footwear for both genders to keep everyone safe. Thanks for the warning!

    1. I hadn't considered Gnome punting. Might be an idea to practise over the long winter.

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  3. I am laughing out loud! Priceless and creative.

  4. Thanks for the morning chuckle, Rob. How very English of you. I'll be sure to step over those gnomes. I guess there's no saving the gnome being encircled. Poor little sod.

    1. Resistance is futile, let's hope he utilised the watering can and took a few out before being overcome. I'm glad I was able to assist in the morning chuckle, a good way to start the day.

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