November Checklist: Bulbs
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Protect Bulbs

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

1. 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 more soil. You can use a regular hanging basket, or buy a chicken-wire pouch sold at nurseries for lining planting holes.

2. Use hardware cloth. Line the bottoms of raised beds with barriers of hardware cloth; bend their edges up inside the frame.

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