Loc: Meadow Valley, CA
This year, I planted potatoes and most root crops in sorta raised boxes, shallow boarded in containers with hardware cloth bottoms. Too successful this year, tons of fingerling spuds, even after selling some, my fridge runneth over. I got off my lazy behind and made some cages to go around some young maples I had planted over 10 years ago, or what the deer left me after all this time. They seemed to find every tree and nibble the new growth, killing some trees since they then had no leaves. Most of the trees did very good this year, but. This Fall I've noticed a couple trees disappeared, gophers are all over my acre, even down by the creek that flows thru my place. Can't win. Duane
Well at least you had one crop come out successfully. With regards to the gophers, a friend of mine uses a solar gopher deterrent. I think it is called The Solar SafeGuard (don't hold me to that). It repels gophers, moles, and snakes among other things.