Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Kindness Of Strangers - DIANA PETTERSEN

When I first started gar­den­ing, I grew planter boxes on the bal­cony of the apart­ment I shared with my sis­ter.

I was des­per­ate to keep the pos­sums off my newly planted herbs and veg­eta­bles and so my lo­cal gar­den cen­tre rec­om­mended I try a pos­sum de­ter­rent spray. A non-toxic de­ter­rent full of chill­ies, gar­lic and un­fa­mil­iar herbs, it was guar­an­teed to keep the pests at bay. I only used the spray once be­cause that’s all it took.

The day af­ter spray­ing not one sin­gle plant re­mained in­tact. Ev­i­dently, the pos­sums thought I had sprayed my plants with tasty salad dress­ing for them to en­joy.

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