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Stumpy seizes the day

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Posted by Chris McLeod about 9 years ago

Stumpy the house wallaby does a smash and grab with the stawberries. New berry fencing is in the process of being installed for testing. Blackberries galore and manning a stall at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival.

Stumpy the house wallaby was up to a bit of mischief earlier this week.
I like strawberries and grow plenty of them here. It is an unfortunate fact of life that just about everything else here loves strawberries too. Years ago, I found the dogs in amongst the strawberry plants happily munching away on the choicest strawberries. They were really enjoying themselves. It was at that time that I decided that the entire strawberry bed had to be enclosed, otherwise I would never see a fresh strawberry.
Over the years I have tried various methods of enclosing the strawberry patch and eventually settled on commercial grade black woven bird netting. That netting is strong stuff.
This week however, Stumpy the house wallaby proved that the bird netting wasn’t strong enough. Somehow the naughty wallaby sneaked into the enclosure only to become trapped inside. She seemed happy enough inside as she was enjoying herself and eating the strawberry plants. Unfortunately, once Stumpy spotted me she became distressed and even though I’d opened the entrance to the enclosure and quickly walked away, she had other plans. Her plans involved ripping a giant hole in the commercial grade bird netting and making her escape.

Stumpy has ripped a giant hole in the strawberry enclosure

Sometimes you have to abandon a project as a bad idea and use the lessons that you have learned on a new project. The strawberry enclosure has now been declared a failed experiment. Not to worry though as the first of what will be multiple new berry beds are now under construction.

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