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Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 134
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another hop thread... tis the season, I guess.

I planted three rhizomes up at my folks place so that I'd be sure to have a supply of homegrown hops even after I move from my current house. Unfortunately, they seem to have a gopher (or fifty) roaming the depths of their land. When I went to water the other day, I noticed a bit of an indentation right in the area where I planted cascade and chinook. Sure enough, when I dug into one spot with my hand, there was a gopher hole right around the rhizome! I mean, the rhizome was right in the hole!

This seems pretty strange to me, because I'd assume that the gopher would've eaten up the rhizome. Is it just waiting for a few more juicy roots to form? Is it so dastardly that it would wait for the plant to poke up outta the ground just that my hopes and expectations will be dashed as I watch it pull the plant into it's subterranean lair?

Any thoughts? Are plastic explosive squirrels my only option?

here, mr. gopher!

(Message edited by roger456 on April 18, 2005)
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 154
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 02:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

To Hell with PETA. Kill the Gophers!

Nebraska Brewer!!!
Love This Hobby!
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 1391
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 02:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kill the golfers???

The damn thing doesn't like the nasty hops, plant some carrots nearby, then strike...
 

Wortgames
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Username: Wortgames

Post Number: 106
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You think you've got problems? Check out what's been eating my mate's prize crop...

camel
Wortgames is an independent home brewer, and has no commercial interests in the brewing arena. In fact, brewing is largely a gadget-based obsession that places a significant burden on his resources.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2298
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

mothballs
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

Peter Roman
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Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 683
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

12 gauge...claymore's...chlorine gas...
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 659
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No. 2 Victor rat-trap baited with peanut butter.

PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals
 

Bob Boufford
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Username: Bobb

Post Number: 240
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roger, Since you live in California, check out this extension bulletin from UCDavis, http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7433.html
 

Mike Huss
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Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 596
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LEGAL STATUS

Pocket gophers are classified as nongame mammals by the California Fish and Game Code. This means that if they are found to be injuring growing crops or other property, including garden and landscape plants, they may be controlled at any time and in any legal manner by the owner or tenant of the premises.


BANG BANG!!!!
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 3029
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 02:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gophers are the reason why I own a SKS.

http://www.gopherkillers.com/
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 1396
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A buddy has a beagle that goes nuts in his back yard when he hears the gophers burrowing underground, quite amusing...
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 4516
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Strange..we've got gophers in the yard, the garden...everywhere BUT the hops!
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 139
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 05:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I suppose I should have come out and asked, but has anyone had the gophers actually eat their hops?