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Veggies versus possums


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#1 MsLaurie

Posted 15 March 2020 - 07:47 AM

We have a family of brushtail possums living in our place, and they have in the past made short work of various attempts at planting over the past two years.
Any tips on veggies that are less desirable to our furry friends, and/or methods of keeping them away?

#2 liveworkplay

Posted 15 March 2020 - 08:55 AM

We put netting over our seedlings. Once they mature a bit the possums won't touch them. We live near a nature reserve, we have all types of native wildlife roaming around. Our fences are a possum highway most nights!

#3 can'tstayaway

Posted 16 March 2020 - 10:01 AM

Physical barriers (fencing, netting etc) seem to be the only effective solution we’ve found.

I’ve not bothered with chilli sprays when the possums were eating chill is straight off the bush!  They don’t seem to just eat the one thing but like to have a nibble of a variety of plants.

#4 Ozquoll

Posted 16 March 2020 - 10:12 AM

I use wire netting around the bottom 60-100cm of valued shrubs. I find I only need to leave it on during late winter and early spring when the leaves are just starting to emerge.

Interestingly, I have not had to net my veggies, despite producing some damn tasty veg this year. My guess is that because my vegie patch doesn't have any tree cover for at least 10 metres all around, the possums don't feel safe enough to venture to it 🤔. They are obviously getting some good grub *somewhere* though, they are nearly as big as wallabies!




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