Below was the first and the second was stealthily nibbled away at the roots. I'm still hoping we can save the second one, but things don't look good.
So my awesome hubby went out and got one of those sonic/kinetic combo gopher stakes and planted it right in the middle of the broccoli. Apparently it emits the gopher warning chatter/thumping and scares them away.
So far, so good. No more (knock wood) broccoli or lettuce plants have met their demise although I have noticed that I'm seeing more gopher holes out in the yard, so maybe it is working. I'll keep you all posted. Do you know any other ways of non-harmful gopher control?