Overnight, all my cherry tomatoes, button squash and some strawberries were eaten by the local marauder. It also enjoyed nibbling on the leaves of various shrubs in the garden. I cursed it (yet again) and took myself off to work, plotting my revenge as I went. Obviously the possum has not yet dropped dead from lack of water, unlike some of my plants. (Just 25mm of rain fell on Sydney in January, down on the 103mm average. )
This evening, I read the day's newspaper, in which gardening writer Cheryl Maddocks describes how she stopped possums attacking her vegetable garden. Ah hah! Very explicit advice on how to enclose the vegetable patch with a possum-proof structure. Action stations! I will not be beaten.