Anyway...to mitigate the loss due to the "wild animals" we got a soil block and started our fall plants inside. We start our seeds inside for the spring, but this is the first time starting seedlings inside for the fall.
I like the soil block maker for several reasons, but mostly because you have to get your hands dirty. On the more practical side, I like how we'll no longer need to find little containers to start seeds.
For our soil mix we used soil from the garden mixed with finished compost, worm castings, and vermiculite
Now we have lettuce, kale, and spinach seedlings growing inside, as well as more basil and cilantro that we'll continue to grow inside.
Or maybe we (and several of the neighbors) could just stop feeding those "wild animals."