November 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm #256146EvergreenMember
I’ve been interested in self-sufficency for about 20 years now. I’ve dabbled along the way, with preserving my own food, making jams, growing my own vegies and making clothes, but I’ve moved around too much to actually make anything stick.
I’m keen to get back into them.
I live just outside the ACT, which limits the growing season. This is my first year with new vegie patches, and I’ve discovered that the local Kangaroos and Possums love my seedlings and new growth from my newly planted fruit trees. So I’ve madly scrambled to put stakes around the trees and spread chickenwire over the strawberries but I won’t get any fruit this year.
So next winter, I’ll be putting up higher fences and in the meanwhile, offer up my compost scraps to the possum to distract it from my herbs/seedlings, while continuing to grow scrounged tree seeds, in a small greenhouse.
Am interested in bottling/canning, but my past attempts weren’t that sucessful, so I’m looking for a course, or someone in the area I can learn from.
As you can probably tell, my ‘arguments’ with the local kangaroos and possums is my bugbear at present. 😀November 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm #515154SteveKeymaster
Hi Evergreen, welcome to ALS! You would have some challenges – frost, heat, dry, animals……November 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm #515155mauziMember
Hi and welcome. Look forward to catching up.November 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm #515156mistyhollowsMember
:wave: Welcome to ALS. We have similar roo problems here but thankfully no possums. We had to fence our entire orchard to keep them out and then the veg garden is fenced inside the orchard.November 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm #515157AndreKeymaster
Steve post=331076 wrote: Hi Evergreen, welcome to ALS! You would have some challenges – frost, heat, dry, animals……
.. and now you will have to contend with yet one more challenge .. trying not to stay all day in ALS!
Welcome Evergreen :tup:
:whistle:November 29, 2011 at 12:18 am #515158SnoopyMember
G’day… The local wildlife are probably thinking the opposite of you – I bet they think you’re a top person providing all those tasty green things!!! I hope your next lot manage to make it to your table!November 29, 2011 at 12:21 am #515159AndreKeymaster
Snoopy post=331129 wrote: G’day… The local wildlife are probably thinking the opposite of you – I bet they think you’re a top person providing all those tasty green things!!! I hope your next lot manage to make it to your table!
.. umm.. the animals.. or the vegetables?
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
:whistle:November 29, 2011 at 12:37 am #515160BobbeeMember
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: @ Andre. :hug:
Hi Evergreen, it’s so nice to meet you. There are lots of friendly folk on als so I am sure you will enjoy yourself.
:wave:November 29, 2011 at 12:43 am #515161SnoopyMember
Andre post=331131 wrote: .. umm.. the animals.. or the vegetables?
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Ummm, well that might solve all the problems mightn’t it?? Roo steaks, possum burgers, and maybe a side salad (if any of the green stuff survives)!
They’d be safe at our place – we’d just plant more and accept that there would be a percentage of it eaten by visiting wildlife….November 29, 2011 at 3:28 am #515162debbie vdkMember
Hello :wave:November 29, 2011 at 4:05 am #515163ErthgirlMember
Hiya Evergreen :wave:November 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm #515164Tassie TigerMember
G’day evergreen and welcome to simple living. :cheer:
We have spent the last 5 years dealing with possusms(brush tail). While we had a dog no problem. Soon as the old girl shuffled off this mortal coil they took over the orchard and killed just about every tree. We tried everything :sick: This year we transplanted the last remaining trees into our berry enclosure where we will minaturise them and guess what – no or very few possums. Our neighbours recently lost their dog to the ravages of time as well and now they are encountering similar problems with their orchard.
Anyway just thought I’d let you know your not alone. Have fun getting into simple living possums and all 🙂 :tup:January 21, 2012 at 1:24 am #515165EvergreenMember
so glad I’m not alone with the possum problem. I have found that supplemental feeding is doing the trick, although when I don’t put it out, brushtail gets all snooty and starts to take on my seedlings. If it doesn’t like the tops, it will pull it out of the pot and eat the bases.
Now I know why Jackie French does wilderness type gardens. The things that have survived in the garden have been those that I planted and were hidden by weeds and whatnot.
Finding it hard to find time to get on forums. Been busy with quilting, sewing, painting and cooking.
Anyways, thanks for the warm welcome. 😀January 21, 2012 at 9:43 am #515166MaggieMooMember
Welcome Evergreen… 🙂January 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #515167ballamaraKeymaster
Hello and welcome to als
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