Common household remedies request
I've got two beds I put in this year near the sidewalk; they're vulnerable, therefore, to human and animal critters (deer, especially), and to winter grunge from the plows.
Functionally, the plantings near the sidewalk serve as a human fence; these new beds are next to a prickly raspberry patch.
So, my question -- and I know the week before Memorial Day is a little late for this -- is what should I plant in the beds?
They get the best sun; the soil is still clay-ish, but got one layer of sheet mulch with leaves over the winter, and a second layer of compost this spring.
I thought onions in one bed; I can lose a whole onion patch without suffering, so it's low risk, and also onions are odorous, and so serve as a fence in a second way. Also, onions, if not bulbs, are bulb-y, and an adjoining bed of iris is doing very well.
I thought ginger, but I can't be digging them up and moving them indoors over the winter; I just won't get around it it. Garlic would be good, but I should plant it in the fall.
There is also the issue of Japanese beetles on the raspberries, but I'm resigned to using that bed as bait, so they don't go for more important things.