I am now the proud owner of a wire contraption to keep the *$#^ possums away from my veggie patch. I made it myself and it would have made a good prop in a Ma & Pa Kettle movie. There are few right angles to be found in the framework and the wire is too tight in places and bulges oddly in others.
I had visions of the neighbours giggling behind closed curtains as they peeked out to watch the old fool next door creating who knows what from the mess on the lawn. (Paranoia runs deep in my family). Having said that, I have delightful neighbours who , more often than not, offer to help me out when I need it. We live in a great country.
I have definitely outsmarted the possums though.
It only!!! took me a week to build and at one stage you’d have been forgiven for thinking that I’d decided to make a mock-up of the Sydney Opera House – the front yard was awash with wire, various candidates for uprights, tools, tent pegs (don’t ask!) and the remains of a tree that I half-chopped down and foolishly thought I could remove completely.
The tree constantly fouled the power lines and kept my veggie patch in the shade so….it had to go. I was very fortunate to have the help of Tom, a very kind friend, to finish that part of the job for me.
It is such a relief to have the veggie cover in place. It means I can plant out the seedlings I have and no longer have to cart them inside each night to ensure they survive the marauding possums.
Will add a photo when I figure out how to do it.