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YouTube: Why Raised Beds Decrease in Productivity

Here at Gardenerd we are tasked with diagnosing problems in client gardens all the time, and when raised beds decrease in productivity we usually find one thing. This week’s video explores the reason why it happens and what you can do about it.

Yes, even yours truly is not immune to this problem. We’re tackling the remedy head on at the Gardenerd Test Garden. See what we’re doing to solve the problem.

#1 Reason Why Raised Beds Decrease in Productivity


We mentioned another possible reason why raised beds drop in productivity in the video. We’ll cover that in an upcoming tutorial. But in the meantime, check out our video on Beneficial Nematodes and how to apply them.

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Don’t Give Up

Don’t get discouraged by problems with your raised beds this season. You’ll find solutions in this video and on We’re here to help you garden successfully this fall! Yes, it might require some physical labor, but once you fix it, you won’t have further trouble. Post your latest raised bed troubles in the comments below. We most likely have a solution for that.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Great video. I was wondering what size of hardware cloth do you use? How wide do you go around each raised box with fabric weed cloth (what mil of cloth? Is this a commercial grade?) and the wire hardware cloth? If you ever get a chance to show/video how you and your team address this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I wish you were here in Canada.

    1. Christy

      That’s a great idea. As for our specs, we use 1/2″ hardware cloth and regular old weed fabric (sometimes in 2 layers for really tough situations). We try to go up the inside of the raised bed at least a few inches. That usually does the trick.

  2. Wagner Debbie

    Thanks! Just went through this roots situation today. This was in 2 cast iron tubs I use.

    1. Christy

      Oh geez! Cast iron! That’s amazing that they got through. I hope you were able to get the roots out.

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