What is it they call second and third marriages, “The triumph of hope over experience”? I feel like that could easily apply to gardening, too.
So, I fixed up the herb raised bed after a rather sad harvest of garlic. The Organic GroMulch which is what I mostly started with in that bed was way too heavy and I’ve pulled out a good 5 gallon bucket’s worth and replaced it with the Fox Farms mix. That should lighten the whole thing up considerably.
Then I planted some Swiss Chard seeds, more, French Breakfast raddishes, some Chioggia beets where they will get more sun this time, a few Borrage seeds, and just threw down chamomile seeds everywhere it looked blank. It’s mostly an herb bed, it can have a few layers and some randomness to it. 💜 I also threw down Lemondrop Basil seeds around some of the edges, and sowed the Dwarf Greek Basil under the Early Girl tomato where it will hopefully be sheltered from the birds a bit.
The whole bed is going to get a cover of bird netting once things start to sprout. It may not fix the squirrel problem entirely, but should keep most of my seedlings from being plucked immediately.
Unless we have *really* strange fall weather (this year has just been odd), I should still have growing time easily through October or November.