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A while back I declared a truce with the gophers.  They, however, did not see my white flag.  Last week, they went at one of the two agave plants I have in the backyard. 

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Upon my return (I was gone for a week) I found one of the agaves dug out from underneath.  The agave is now in 6 parts.  The roots have been thoroughly gnawed.  I assume the plant is going to die, but the nice thing about agaves is they are like Abe Vigoda and take a while to die.  I have replanted the different parts to see if I can salvage any of the plant.  The stems that aren’t going to make it I am using by rubbing on my skin, giving me a nice glow.  (Sidenote: The agave nectar is a thousand times better for my dry skin that the expensive lotion I have been buying from the store.)   

I think the gophers attacked the plant’s roots because the agave was weak from overwatering.  I had recently pruned the mesquite tree behind it and also planted a brittlebush beside it.  Both activities involve a couple of deep watering.  I think the water caused root rot on the agave and the gophers saw a weakness.  This is the first time the gophers have committed a frontal attack on one of the plants in the yard.

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I have decided to surrender in my war against the gophers for four reasons.

  • I am a highly ineffective opponent.  They are clearly winning.  Assuming regular new holes means they are doing just fine.
  • I am not confident that they are doing any harm to the garden or the trees, I think they eat the grubs, which I think can do harm to the garden. So I have already been feeling guilty about being mean to them when I did not really have a good reason.
  • I don’t think they would be healthy to eat unless one was desperate.
  • I am tired of getting hate replies for being mean to animals.   Man, I really am not good with conflict.  This could be an issue when society descends into barbarians at the gate.

God bless Bill Murray.

Gopher update

Posted: February 17, 2011 in animals, animals, backyard, cooking, gopher, gophers, pets, protein
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I have yet to kill much less catch a gopher. I will spare you the details because otherwise you would think I am cruel.

Gopher Trap!

Posted: January 17, 2011 in food, garden, gopher, meat
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The gopher traps have been out for 48 hours.  I can’t tell if I have had any close encounters.  None of the traps have sprung on their own accord.
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At the risk of sounding all Bill Murray via Caddyshack, this weekend will be my first experiment with trying to snare the gophers in my backyard. Previous attempts at trying to get them to walk into a beer cooler laid on its side and nibble of some radish leaves attached by rubber ban to the prop stick failed miserably.

My two favorite Youtube videos on how to lay out the trap are John in the Forest and these two English kids.

If I am lucky enough to get one then I will have skin it and cook it. I plan to either make stew or cook them on the grill.

Maybe I should watch Caddyshack again for inspiration.