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    2317 Vine Hill Rd, Santa Cruz
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    (831) 588-3801

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Proper Tomato Cages!

David Kinch and
Love Apple Farms with
Eric Ripert

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August 17, 2009

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Steve: Yep, those are gophers! If they got sucked down a hole, then that's where the hole is! Young gophers leave smaller runs, sometimes being more difficult to find. Also if you've got loose, friable soil, then the runs can close on you as you try to find them. But it's always best to find the fresh mounds to set your cinch traps in. Check out www.GophersLimited.com to view more tips on catching gophers.

Steve Gehre

What is it? 4 plants disappeared with no disturbance of the ground, no holes, no mounds, no roots of the plant either. Two parsley, a cabbage, a tomato ... all gone. Have had moles before but they don't eat plants. Is this a gopher?, The plants just seemed to get sucked under, but again, the ground showed zero signs of digging, tunneling, or general trauma. Could find no tunnels under ground. HELP!

Elaine Horsley

Wow! What a great class this was yesterday. I never thought anyone could talk for three hours about gophers but Thomas Wittman did and it was very interesting. Unfortunately, the class ran overtime and I was not able to stay to go outside to see the traps and how to set them so I will probably be contacting him. Thank you very much for a very good class! I would just say that if anyone is interested in taking it, plan on it taking more than the 3 hours. :)

Linda Moore

wELL, YOUR CLASS WAS YESTERDAY, AND i DIDN'T THINK I NEEDED IT...UNTIL TODAY, WHEN MY FIST GOPHER IN 10 YEARS POKED HIS CUTE LITTLE HEAD OUT OF HIS HOLE, AND WITH HIS TOOTHSOME SMILE, ANNOUNCED THE BEGINNING OF HIS GARDEN TAKEOVER!!! HELP!!! PLEASE EITHER SCHEDULE ANOTHER CLASS, SOON, OR TELL ME WHERE TO GET THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.

mary lovin

We have problems in Ohio with groundhogs. They are much larger than gophers and can devour an entire long row of green beans in a few days. They have three very large holes per each home and tunnel under fences with ease and are a real problem. I've trapped them in a Hav-a-heart trap but the problem is that it is illegal to relocate them (plus I wouldn't want to ruin someone else's garden!) So far, the only solution is my Husband gives them "lead poisoning" (aka shooting them).

Doug

Hopefully you'll schedule another class, but unable to attend this one. I'm only 1/2 miles from your location and the only protection that seems to work is wire cages. Occasionally for some plants that has meant circular growth within the cage or munching outside it.

Jan

HI Cynthia:

How about field rats. We never had a problem till last year, and the rats, of course, waited till the tomatoes ripened, then ate some, but not all of many tomatoes. We saw one running out of our tomato patch, and found droppings. We are near an openspace so maybe the population was greater last year? Any suggestions are appreciated.

Jan

Peggy

I am SO looking forward to this class. I have an ongoing war with gophers, as well as the occasional rabbit & mole. My garden is between an open space hilly area & commercial ag land...I get it from both sides. I've trapped a great deal, with mixed success and am hoping to gain some gopher insight.

Beth Sullivan

I am so glad that I was able to attend the class this weekend on ways to control gopher populations. It was such an informative class and so worth the money! I have already been passing along some of the pertinent info that I learned regarding the many different pests in the yard and garden. I think my friends are going to get sick of hearing about it. Oh well, they'll know who to call when they have a problem now. Thanks so much to Mr. Wittman for sharing so much of what he has learned over years. Not all professionals are willing to share their trade secrets. Thanks so much!!

Carolyn

I just wanted to report back on my second summer of growing your tomatoes. Last year I made the drive over the hill and grew four or five plants in my tiny, not so sunny backyard, I followed your organic planting instructions and we had a pretty good harvest. I was inspired enough to sign up for a plot in a community garden in San Jose and was lucky to be awarded a 15x20ft raised bed in full sun. I planted a cover crop over the winter and counted the days till I could plant your tomatos in May. Of course I used the fish heads, your worm castings, the bone meal etc. my fellow gardeners were a little surprised at everything that went in the hole! Early in the season I bought 3 tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Since then I’ve been harvesting about 18 lbs. of tomatos every 2-3 days! I think I’ve saved about $80-$100 growing my own (sorry farmer’s!) We do have some squirrel and gopher issues, but I figure I have enough to share! I hope to make it to one of your classes sometime, as I’m still learning. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Kasey Sullivan

We don't have a gopher problem in the Berkeley flatlands--just raccoons, possums, and squirrels. No 10-foot tall tomato plants either, but I will be following your guidance carefully next year. I am so glad the farmstand is open--I will be staying in Ben Lomond the next two weeks and will definitely be stopping by!

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