My Animal Proof Vegetable Garden

Garden Design ImageMy Animal Proof Vegetable Garden
Anyone who has ever attempted to grow a vegetable garden or a few fruit trees in a rural area in Australia, especially anywhere near bushland, knows the frustration of getting to combat a nearby wildlife. Rabbits, wallabies and possums would be the main culprits as well as other methods are already tried through the years by farmers, hobby farmers and gardeners.
Culling and fencing (including electric fencing) are the methods used usually by the greater commercial growers, however these methods are not necessarily practical or desirable for anyone.
I have lived with my children for approximately seventeen years on four acres of pasture in the countryside near a little bit of bushland, so there are many wallabies and possums residing in our area, although hardly any rabbits for whatever reason. Any attempts to develop a food garden happen to be frustrated by these persistent creatures, who seem to believe whatever we plant may be solely for benefit. Partly destroyed or vanished seedlings, and broken branches and eaten leaves of young fruit trees attest to the strength of nightly raids into our labour of love.
Now wallabies aren’t so desperately to counter. Any decent fence needs to be enough to stop them from getting at a region that you just have to protect, but possums are another story altogether. Possums include the kings and queens from the climbing world. They can and do climb anything coming soon with remarkable strength and agility, so only fence isn’t any barrier to them.
I have been exposed to people who have had some success with electric fences, but I desired to ensure it is impossible for these cute little pests to find yourself in our vegetable garden whatsoever, in order that it became obvious the only solution ended up being to enclose the garden area entirely, including the sides along with the top.
This required me to dig in personally about one and a half dozen treated pine posts to which I attached timber horizontally in the middle at the top from the posts. The next task would have been to attach chicken wire to the sides from the enclosure, when that considerable task was finished, I had to add wire right across the top as well, that was an appealing process, understandably.
Of course, while keeping the animals out, there was in order to enter ourselves, so I needed to create a few gates as well. I do not have a work shed and my long-suffering wife will show you about the days at a stretch when our lounge room was become a workshop along with the floor was covered in timber cuttings, sawdust, wire, nails, screws and tools. But it was all worth the cost when I proudly carried the completed gates outside and attached the crooks to the backyard enclosure, after which nervously waited to ascertain if they fitted correctly in the spaces provided. History records that they can did, and now we have since enjoyed the fruits of our own gardening labours and never having to share those fruits with Mr. and Mrs. Possum.

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