A possum ate our green roof

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This plant got off lightly, some of the rest are just stalks!
This plant got off lightly, some of the rest are just stalks!

A bit over a week ago, I finished and planted out our small green roof, placed over the end of the chicken run.

This weekend just passed, I went out to check how it was going … to discover that a possum had eaten a fair bit of the green roof.

The tough plants, such as the lomandra, dianella and thicker ferms were OK. The ground covers, including the native violet, had suffered hugely. As had the more delicate ferns.

This isn’t a new problem for us, and some of our young trees are surrounded by wire mesh, to protect them from a hungry local possum.

In the short term, I’ve protected the plants with wire. In the longer term, I may have to switch to tougher, less tasty plants.

Ah, the perils of living systems!

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5 thoughts on “A possum ate our green roof

    Emily Heath said:
    August 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

    What a naughty possum!

    solarbeez said:
    August 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I wonder if borage grows there. Don’t know if its ‘possum proof’ but its certainly ‘deer proof’ and the bees LOVE it.

    […] hasn’t been the easiest of journeys. Within a fortnight, the local possum ate our green roof down to the ground. The Australian weather was also punishing, even in this relatively shaded and […]

    Who knew? Possums like honeycomb « Lewisham House said:
    February 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    […] they walk across our roof and around our back fence. While adorable in theory, in reality they ate our green roof, nibble on our ferns, and when really hungry, head to the front garden to munch through our vege […]

    Who knew? Possums like honeycomb « Lewisham House said:
    February 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    […] they walk across our roof and around our back fence. While adorable in theory, in reality they ate our green roof, nibble on our ferns, and when really hungry, head to the front garden to munch through our vege […]

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