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  1. I live in the Arizona desert and have major issues with Bermuda grass growing through some of my raised beds. The beds are roughly 10 inches high. What do you suggest I use? (I also have gophers….)

  2. I just had standing beds built yesterday. What do you recommend I put at the bottom? Should I leave it bare and put the soil straight on the wood, put a layer of rocks then soil, fabric and them soil? Thanks! Appreciate any feedback

  3. How can I use hardware cloth at the bottom of a metal raised bed that can't be stapled to the sides? Won't little critters just squeeze between the hardware cloth and bed?

  4. Is a wire mesh necessary then? I live in NH and it’s my first time building a raised bed garden. I’m putting down cardboard but I’m unsure if we’ll get gophers, moles, etc

  5. So should I break up the ground first before adding soil on top or do I literally just start piling on top? What about placing newspapers over the ground? Unnecessary?

  6. What I'm concerned with stopping are ants. Fire ants to be exact. I'll be putting my raised bed down on an area with a Sandy Bottom and tree trimmings 10 years old and we've had problems with ants out there before

  7. I love all your reasons not to use that cloth. Have you ever heard of burmuda grass? Those roots go several feet down and travel. It is near impossible to kill or get rid of and even digging it up is nearly impossible. It's the grass that is unstoppable. That's the only reason I Have it. I dig holes through it to plant stuff. I have a love hate relationship with it because I'd rather till my good stuff down into the clay, like you said. The Burmuda grass is ever present though. Ugh!

  8. Ugh I didn’t get to this video until today and I already put the fabric under my beds 3days ago. I thought they would work to kill what ever weeds I had there. Because I had done garden beds before and didn’t put anything under my dirt and I ended up with those tall prickly cactus like plants that grow in the grass and they thrived in my garden beds and I didn’t want that happening again.

  9. Well we have our first frost warning tonight. I am growing Carmen Peppers and only one has turned red so I know it's seeds will be good for next year. However how do I know if the seeds in the others that are the same size but not red will be viable? I know all peppers are green before they turn color but when are the seeds viable?

  10. Well I don’t have quack grass but it sounds just like the bermuda I battle! We had the top 8-10 inches of soil and grass removed from our backyard with heavy equipment, then put down about 1-1/2 feet of wood chips. One year later the bermuda has grown back in at least 50% of our yard. We have wonderfully fertile clay soil so it is very disheartening. We built 8 raised beds lined with cardboard, hardware cloth (we have gophers too and the wood chips make it hard to find them early!) and yes, weed cloth. I know it’s only a matter of time before the bermuda gets in there. I can only hope to contain it! To give you an idea of the persistence of this grass/weed, we had and area with MORE than 1 ft of wood chips and has a few bales of hay out in the yard. Bermuda grew right up thru the wood chips and thru the INSIDE the bale and come out the top. At that point I pretty much knew that even the wood chips would not stop it. Slows it down but only by a few months. Sad. Very sad😢 If it weren’t for bermuda I would have the richest soil to garden in! I still garden in ground but only very small areas…

  11. I have 18" height raised beds and staple landscape fabric along the sides and especially corners to prevent dirt/compost from migrating out. The corners of beds can warp/separate and since the ground on our soil is not level, some boards have gaps underneath them. The majority of the center of our beds is open and we installed them right over flattened grass/weeds with no problem.

    No quack grass fortunately so I can't speak from experience but that almost sounds like a case for using spot treatment of Roundup just to get it gone. I know there are lots of gardeners that will rebel at this statement but I keep an ink syringe that I will occasionally use to inject a small amount of it into the stems of pokeweed that pops up around our yard (thank you birds!) anything beyond that and I just pull/mulch the heck out of it.

  12. Thank you I use 4-inch hardware cloth to deter cats. Just bend the ends so that it is suspended over the soil. It's big enough to put a hand through to weed or plant, but cats don't like it.

  13. I had that in a section of my garden when I bought my house. I ripped it out and found a bunch of worms underneath and planted my onions there, they did as good as the weather would let them, very up and down this year. I had some leaves grow to 4 1/2 feet, I thought that was amazing for my first time growing from starters that I thought were half dead and didn't think they'd do anything.

  14. Very happy you mentioned hardware cloth. It's actually my favorite way to make structures for compost piles! A 10' length (3' wide) will create a cylinder that gives you the perfect 3'x3'x3' size to get nice hot compost! And super easy to flip/aerate.. I just knock over the cylinder and re-fork the compost back in. Super easy to put together. The kind I get from Lowe's comes with extra wire that I use to tie the ends together, so I don't need to buy anything extra to put it together. All you need is a basic wire cutting tool (which I already have in my household tools).

  15. I have hardware cloth around my garden about 2 ft high, but groundhogs climb over it, any suggestions on keeping them out??? They ravish my tomatoes!!! Repellent or higher fence???? I put cardboard down in my raised beds!!!!!!

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