Tip from the test garden

Protect bulbs from gophers

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Gophers tunnel through the ground to eat tender bulbs and shoots. Here's how to keep them from dining on your garden's most promising nuggets.

Use wire baskets. Place a wire basket in the planting hole, add a layer of soil, then add bulbs. Cover the bulbs and the basket with soil.

Use a regular hanging basket, or buy a chicken-wire pouch sold at nurseries for lining planting holes.

Use hardware cloth. Line the bottoms of raised beds with barriers of hardware cloth; bend its edges up inside the frame as shown.

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