Like most resourceful animals, gophers will eat whatever food they find available to them. However, if given a choice, gophers do have a preference in terms of what they eat. They tend to choose root crops such as carrots, onions, garlic, and anything else that has a large tuberous system. They also like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and will sometimes eat the roots of tomato plants. Gophers will also go for the roots of new fruit trees.
If you don’t want gophers eating things that you’ve planted in your garden then you can try planting things like potatoes, beets and yams. It is extremely unlikely that a gopher will eat squash of any variety. They don’t tend to eat peppers, tomatillo or berries. Corn, oats, peas, beans and other grains are also unlikely to be eaten due to the density of their roots. Rhubarb planted next to any plants that gophers like will help prevent them from feasting.
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