The Huntington Beach Community Garden began as a way to bring people together for a common purpose: to grow their own organic fruits and vegetables.
But for some residents living nearby, the garden is a fruitless endeavor.
"It has become increasingly hostile," said Kathleen Saindon, whose bedroom window looks over the garden. "The business model for this garden did not include the community. It did not include us homeowners."
Saindon and others say their backyards are filled with strangers who garden early in the morning and at night when they are home resting. On the weekends, they say, people are there almost all day. Gophers have left the open land, which has been undergoing construction for the garden, and are digging into the residents' backyards.
"They are back there doing a hobby," resident Gary Tilbury said of the gardeners. "We live here."
Tilbury's wife, Lauren, said it has become difficult for her to open her kitchen window, cook breakfast on a weekend morning and enjoy her privacy.