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Gopher control

 
Gale Zimmerman
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Location: Tomales, CA
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Our community has been growing our own vegetables and fruits organically on an acre near the coast north of San Francisco since 1970. After finding Gaia's Garden six years ago, we're stopped tilling and now grow vegetables in beds mulched with compost; we mulch with wood chip on the aisles and under the fruit trees, and we've added areas for beneficial flowers and plants under trees and around vegetables.

Pocket gophers are and have always been our worst challenge; for instance one ate a 60' bed of lettuce last spring.

As gopher deterrents we have planted 800 daffodil bulbs around the fruit trees; planted euphorbias and "gopher getter" trefoil for their poisonous roots, and we spread mole max each time we replant a vegetable bed. We've put elderberry twigs with our transplants with some positive effect (ala John Jeavons).

However, this year, we would not have had what we needed for our food without trapping regularly for about 10 weeks. Few of us are willing to trap; for us it isn't a sustainable means of control.

Putting wire under the beds isn't feasible for such a large garden, besides, it rusts out.

What else have you all found to be effective?

Thanks, GZ

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Ross Gardener
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Look around you to see what plants are generally unaffected by gophers. Go dig up that wild licorice you see so prevalent on the California landscape. Take the roots and soak them in ethonal, vodka works fine. Theres a nor cal distillery that produces organic rum, Humboldt distillery I think its called, you can use that. Soak the roots for about a week, then strain it. Do the same thing with cinamon bark. Take the resulting liquids and mix it 50/50 with organic evaporated cane juice. Ferment ginger, and garlic in sugar water, strain and combine with your alcohol extracts. Start adding no more than a tablespoon a gallon of water and water your garden with this. Spray your plants with it too. Watch what happens Watch what DOESN't happen.
 
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