I have gotten great help from this board so far, thanks!
New question: I'm getting ready to pretty things up a bit more... I want to mulch around everything I've planted in my raised bed. I'm not sure how to go about it. I'd like to create a very lush xeriscape look over time- lots of different plants filling in together and maybe adding some intersting garden junk/art over the next couple of years. I like bird baths and trellises and pottery gardens, etc... Well, I have a loooooong way to go, but anyone have any suggestions on what to start with as far as an attractive and effective mulch? Should I do an organic mulch and gravel over top or just gravel or just bark??? I have no idea where to begin. If I do gravel, any suggestions what kind looks very natural and rustic?