Vegetables,Roses & GOPHERS - Knowledgebase Question

Santee, Ca
Question by tinaklickp
May 14, 2009
I have never had a vegetable garden. I have gophers & want to know if I can plant in the ground or do I need to plant in planter boxes. If Boxes are needed what size do I need. I would like to plant: potatoes, corn,asparagus, brusell sprouts, lettuse, carrots. Please help in Lskeside, Ca. Thanks in advancce. Tina

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2009


Gophers will dig through any kind of soil, regardless of whether you build raised beds. But, you can build an 18-24 inch tall raised bed and line the bottom and sides with mesh wire or hardware cloth to keep the pests from undermining your vegetable garden. Your vegetables will need a soil depth of 12-18 inches so build your planting boxes at least this deep and line them with half-inch mesh. This will keep the critters from digging through the roots of your veggies.

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