Over the years, we’ve had problems with the gophers eating up our gardens. The little rodents live underground and eat the roots of the plants above. They loved our garlics and onions, ate the melons and squashes, and of course loved the young corn stalks. This fall and winter we are rebuilding the beds and spreading hardware cloth as the first sheet of defense. Below is our international group representing Germany, France, and Slovakia, learning the fundamentals of gopher proofing.