Status of straw bale vegetable garden: riddled with gopher holes. Seven years in this garden and I’ve never seen a gopher. And now they show up.
I could have laid down a piece of chicken wire under the straw bales, but no. That would have involved thinking ahead, not to mention anticipating the actions of small burrowing mammals heretofore unseen in my garden.
Now they have invaded every crevice between the bales, pulling out plants and generally making a mess. The hole in the center of the bales that I filled with compost and straw so I could plant potatoes? Destroyed. Devoured.
There are any number of options for dealing with gophers, but none as exciting and satisfying as The Rodenator, an underground assault weapon that injects a mixture of propane and oxygen belowground, at which point "a built-in, self contained ignition system then ignites the mixture,
creating an underground shockwave or concussion that instantly
eliminates the rodent and collapses the tunnel system."
But don’t take my word for it! Check out the videos:
Amy Stewart on June 26, 2008 at 5:57 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.