here are a few, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on July 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm
I plant my cucumbers and tomatoes in gopher baskets that I make out of aviary wire. Works fantastic. I have had luck with radishes, beets and peas without gopher baskets. My asparagus have fared well too. Pumpkins do well and artichokes too.
Hank, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on July 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm
Daffodills, Cala Lillies, Irises, most rambling roses. I have never had them eat my Shasta Daisies, succulents or geraniums.
Gophers HAVE eaten my pear tree (no kidding), artichoke plant, agaphantha and a tea rose. Usually they strike when the plant is about to bloom. I live near open fields and just co-exist with them. They are cute, the cat thinks they are tasty but she makes a bigger mess with the gore than the gophers do.
Few more, a resident of Another Coastside community, on July 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm
The gore! Oh dear, oh dear...It's "Nature, red in tooth and claw," isn't it?
And I always thought gardening was such a peaceful pursuit...
Here Kitty, Kitty..., a resident of Another Coastside community, on July 13, 2008 at 11:14 pm
In bedding plants I've had no problems with Impatiens, lobelia, Alyssum and Marigolds. BTW Snails don't like Impatiens either and you don't have to dead head them to keep them blooming. They also don't seem to care for Echverias, succulents, coreopsis, europsis(margarite daisy) and Hydrangeas. (I have bunches of hydrangeas around the yard and they don't bother them.) My roses & vegi's are all in pots or cages though. Some years they find the vegi's (beans, peas,lettuce, root crops) not in cages and well that's that....
Also check the "Sunset Western Garden" book. This is great gardening resource refernce guide.
Mary, a resident of Montara, on July 14, 2008 at 11:30 am
Gophers LOVE tulip bulbs...YUUMY GOURMET food to them! Don't plant them unless you put down wire. I use rolls of 1/4 inch hardware cloth available by delivery from Soil Farm.
Recently I started an "Edible Garden" out front (inspired by Palo Alto Edible Garden Tour - Web Link -coming up again soon: Web Link) I was so inspired that I immediately purchased a roll of wire mesh, plus some 4X4 landscaping timber to hold it down-(from Big Creek Lumber)-They also deliver! I used flathead nails to attach it and then some bulk planting mixture which also was delivered by the Soil Farm (Rice Trucking).
It may seems like overkill, but I have found that the cost and effort is worth it, as this method is preventative and will last for many years. I use it in all my vegetable gardens, flower beds, bulb beds and around individual trees (Figs, persimmons & my Datura). Other neighbors use Gopher traps or poison gas. (I just did not want to feel like some kind of Nazi.) The wire really does keep them out. I dig out all the soil occasionally to refresh it and add compost, and I laugh when I see gopher tunnels beneath the wire mesh of my raised beds.
Had I not gone to these methods, they'd be dining on my vegetables - instead of my family enjoying them!
Here is a Sunset Magzine link with photos & HOW-To.
Cid Young, a resident of Moss Beach, on July 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm
The article is called The Perfect Raised Bed by Jim McCausland. For some reason on my computer the link doesn't work, but it can be Googled.
Cid Young, a resident of Moss Beach, on July 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm
Thanks for your ideas everyone!
Miss Gardner, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on July 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm
(teeth clicking, squeaky voice)
I object. I most strenuously object to this thread. It is part of an utterly odious plot, cooked up by the humans against my species.
This is war, I tell you! We must go deeper underground now...to develop a new plan of attack! :=
Mr. Thomomys, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on July 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Today I emerge from my hiding place, blinking in the sunlight, to celebrate yet another glorious morning of digging and tunneling in Mother Earth! I celebrate the mineral, and especially the vegetable, as begin my daily foray into the gardens of the coast. Squash flowers in their orange raiments bend down to me, as I invite them to return to their earthy home. Roses never smelled as sweet, as yours do to me--how I love to nibble at their roots! And tonight, under the coastal fog and the faint light of the stars and summer moon, the rest of your flowers will gently yield to me...
Yes, look down and all around you. There are so many little paths to bless, this day :=
Ode to Thomomys..., a resident of Half Moon Bay, on July 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm
i find that a 1500 dollar browning silver, three and a half inch buckshot, a beer and some patience.........tnen they simply vaporize into a thousand pieces....very satisfying......get yur self a fat shotgun and kill the a..holes
eric, a resident of a community outside of the area, on July 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm
Oh gosh we have always had major problems with gophers in our yard and never been able to keep them away.
taylor, a resident of a community outside of the area, on January 8, 2009 at 10:40 am
here are a few,
Thanks for the list of plants gophers dont eat....
Do you also have a list of plants that EAT gophers?
claudia, a resident of El Granada, on January 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm
I now live in the foothills of the Sierras. I love Cannas and grew a variety of them in Santa Rose. Does anyone know if gophers leave the canna bulbs alone?
Nancy Mooney, a resident of a community outside of the area, on March 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm
The Rodenator is pretty effective from the videos I've seen! Web Link
I laid screen under a raised bed and the greens and tomatoes were safe from gophers. Then the raccoons dug up around some tomatoes and actually pulled up some plants. They bit the fruit at all stages of development. I thought they would leave the green tomatoes alone! I have trapped lots of raccoons and I'm installing a new fence around the garden which raccoons will have to climb and they will meet electricity at the top. We'll see how that works against the clever devils.
phylicia, a resident of Pescadero, on March 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm
I am surrounded by hundreds of acres of gophers....my cats are old and no longer interested, so the gophers have their way with my garden. I've hired the 'gopher guy' and his methods work for about a month..he's too expensive to have him come back every time I see a gopher mound. I have had great luck with California native plants ( except festucas amd sedges) and lavender
gretchen, a resident of Another Coastside community, on March 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm
If you don't want them to gobble your plants try this "Preventative Barrier" method. It's passive, and non-toxic nor is it lethal. Humane-just out-wits them. Try as they may, they can't get in unless you use a staple gun instead of flat head nails.
Raised bed : includes plans & Cost estimate with the hardware cloth for gopher proofing.
Cid Young, a resident of Moss Beach, on March 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm
I wonder if gophers eat hydrangeas?
shari farlee, a resident of Another Coastside community, on August 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm
A gopher ate the roots of a young hydrangea i'd planted in the ground. I made a little screen basket for the root zone and no problems since the plant was established.
Slavko Vorkapich, a resident of Another Coastside community, on August 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm
They sure seem especially hungry and BOLD this year! My neighbor's front yard seems down-right "Pock-Marked" by the holes and yesterday I saw one completely emerge from the tunnel to pull down a large tasty treat (a Lambs ear which had remained undisturbed all spring) right before my eyes!
Cid Young, a resident of Moss Beach, on August 10, 2009 at 9:21 am
Three of my Lobelia just disappeared this morning--- no wire basket used. I'll be getting some today.
Kinesin, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on June 16, 2010 at 8:44 am
All of my beds are protected with pre-installed hardware cloth. It just makes sense before planting anything to go to the trouble, because, while they may not bother things at first, they eventually will! -Cid
Cid Young - Seal Cove, a resident of Moss Beach, on June 17, 2010 at 11:32 am
I don't have raised beds, and it is impossible for me to put everything in gopher baskets, but I started trapping gophers really early this year and after killing the first four and reburying them in their tunnels I have luckily been gopher free for the last couple months. Knock on wood they don't come back, but it seems to pay to kill them early before they can go crazy with the breeding. I use the pinch traps they sell at Ace and have found the key is to put the traps in a fresh hole where you just say a gopher. I just dig the hole open, set the trap as deep as possible and when the gopher comes back to plug up the hole, good night!
Dirt Lover, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on June 17, 2010 at 11:37 am
I don't have a ton of raised beds, but for large areas I simply roll out a long sheet of the hardware cloth before I begin planting a new garden or area.
I prefer the passive barrier or preventative method to the killing method. I dislike gopher damage but try to live in harmony with nature when possible.
Cid Young - Seal Cove, a resident of Moss Beach, on June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am
I like living in harmony with nature as well, but when pests are destroying my garden, IT-IS-ON!!!
Dirt Lover, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on June 17, 2010 at 11:50 am
I have a question about an item on the above list that "here are a few" wrote, plants that gophers won't eat...
I'm about to plant a couple of Mexican sage plants in gopher baskets, and i'm trying to figure out how aggressive the gophers will be... I planted a nice little flowering plant and they ate it down to the bare stub inside the gopher basket! Very frustrating.
So... when you say "Salvia (native & perennials) Scabiosa", do you mean ALL Salvia, or is there a type of salvia called Salvia Scabiosa specifically? Cause I can't find it.
pamela, a resident of the Peninsula, on November 14, 2010 at 11:41 am
I think Thyme is the best plant for gophers.
Billy, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on August 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm