Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Well while I have been doing research and consulting my conscience on how much I want to defend my garden it seems the possum has already declared full on war. Monday night it ran across Vinnies roof, screamed loudly from a few metres away, climbed the tree and dropped things on the roof and stole two pieces of mouldy bread next to Vinnies door that were destined for the worm bin despite me shining a spot light on it. Tuesday night after it climbed over the roof for the third time at 2am and woke me up I shook it off (pop roof is spring mounted), then thought well that will teach it! Less than an hour later it came back - climbing a different tree. It has now devastated parts of the garden. This is a photo of what were five capsicum plants just starting to flower - you may have trouble making them out since not one has a single whole leaf left! The healthy looking plant is a self seeded basil - thankfully it doesn't seem to like that yet. It also likes tomato, peas and carrot leaves. I wouldn't mind if it just ate the fruit (since I could probably bag some for me) but if it keeps chomping all the leaves off I'll never get any fruit.
This is a photo of the last 6-8 of my corn cob husks discarded underneath a fence post - so the culprit must be a possum. Putting up a strand of barb wire hasn't slowed it down at all. I did some research and possum are pretty hard to deter from your garden. One possibility is to put a floppy extension on the fence - the possum can climb up easily but with its weight the top of the fence flops down and the possum falls off. I can also put tin sheets around the trees its using.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The surveyors finally turned up last Monday - said should have map by Friday but not yet. They spent most of the day tramping around the top corner taking measurements, then tried to decide exactly where the stream, which is really a complex of different channels and waterholes, actually is since I have to keep wastewater disposal 100m away which could be tricky to achieve.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I bought some trees including 3 avocados but when I read up how to plant them discovered they hate wet feet and after heavy rain the water just lies on top of the clay soil here. So I've built mounds in the hope of improving the drainage. I've dug two only 4 more to go!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Bad mobile phone photo sorry but these two wallabies were the first thing I saw when I sat up, and with daylight saving over its nice and light at 7am. I have bought mobile broadband (Optus 1G/month for a year $199 including modem) so will be able to update more often. Hope you are all enjoying your Easter break.