Here are a few photos of my garden, taken today.
This is facing west. Possums are the number one garden pest in my area. The enclosure was built to keep them out, but it has the added benefit of keeping out cabbage white butterlies when I'm growing brassicas. Every year I try to grow something over the mesh in summer to provide some shade for my garden, but only once have the possums let me get away with that. It was a wonderful big new guinea bean that produced enormous amounts of veges and shaded everything. By some miracle it grew big enough to survive before the possums found it. Everything else I've tried - wing beans, sweet potato, passionfruit, new guinea bean every other time - has been consumed by possums before getting big enough to provide shade. Any suggestions are welcome (jicama?).
Below is the other area I have free rein in (it's a rental property so I can't do whatever I like whereever I like). The garden bed in the foreground used to be my garden for things that possums don't eat, including basil, rosemary, garlic chives, beans on a tripod if you can protect them for the first 50cm, sweet potatoes because even possums can't stop them, edamame soy beans, etc. Then last year I turned the bed in the background into my fruit tree section, with pawpaws, a lemon and a lime, but it was severely affected by possums, so I bought the electric fence energiser you can see in the very foreground. Now the bed is protected by electricity and I haven't had an possum problems since. It delivers quite a small shock and you need to be touching the wire and the fence to get shocked, which possums would have to do if climbing over.
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