Garlic and Gopher HealthHack!


It’s November 2017 

Enjoying the amazing change of weather – right now it is cooler and misting outside – a rare occurrence in sunny Southern California!

Just yesterday it was bright and sunny!

This is the perfect time of the year to plant garlic around any trees that you have that are watered weekly.  Simply soak a clove for 24 hours (or use the cloves that have already started to sprout in your garlic jar!)

Plant with the small point up about 3″ below the surface of the dirt at least 12″ from the trunk of the tree.  Your normal tree watering should take care of the rest!

Harvest in June!

Our property seems to produce gophers like we produce edibles! We heard that gophers don’t like garlic, so last October we planted garlic in a circle within the base of a few trees… Every four inches, about two feet from the trunk of a plum and a fig tree. It is now May and only about a month from harvesting our garlic! The jury is still out, but it seems to be working! How do we know? We went to plant onions (another allium that are said to be distasteful to gophers) in a circle around the garlic that was around our trees and found a trench built by gophers already there! It seems that the gophers DID avoid the garlic – to the point of tunneling around it! We planted the onions in the gopher trench and they never pulled them down – and the trees are fluorishing!

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