Bark Ground Cover
I did this about a month ago but I wanted to make sure it worked. This bed has always had problems, it’s too windy and exposed for most plants, as evidenced by the sticks that remain from my hydrangeas. My mother in law did this to keep the dogs out of her flower beds but I figured it would work great to help keep the soil in the bed and from drying out so fast. We primarily use firewood for heat, so we have a ton of these bark slabs laying around.
So far it’s worked well, my Nasturtium is finally starting to get established and I even have a single flower. On a side note, I learned at the farmer’s market that you can eat Nasturtium and that it’s similar to arugula.