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Getting down to soil level

The pear bed on the allotment doubles as an annual flower bed. The difference from our other annual flower beds is that this one is mainly full of self sown plants.

I may shake a few dried flower heads over the surface in autumn but my role tends to involve a bit of weeding. As weed Seedlings mingle amongst seedlings that I want to keep, weeding this bed necessitates a soil level approach. (Look carefully at the photo below and you may see proof that I do use a kneeler).
Some may think of this as a tedious task but personally I find it rather therapeutic. Over the years I have learned to identify most Weed Seedlings and be able to differentiate plant seedlings from weed seedlings.

I've circled seedlings to keep on the following photos and put squares around those that will be removed.

Often I would weed out such small seedlings gloveless but it was really muddy and so rubber gloves were used.
There were many different plants and seedlings that I wanted to keep including.
I've no idea where the crocuses came from. Some such as the poppies and tulips were planted and other plants just arrived or were annual seedlings from the generations of annuals that came before them.

Although there were sprinklings of other weeds the main unwelcome infiltrators were hairy bittercress and goosegrass/cleavers or whatever else you want to call it.
I certainly will not have removed all the weed seedlings and even if I had more would soon germinate to take their place but hopefully now the 'owners' of the bed will have a better chance of squeezing out the squatters.
I'm looking forward to seeing the bed looking like this ... and the bees are too!

Any seedlings that I don't recognise I leave as an unknown seedling can end up being a choice plants like this daphne.
Some years ago this was a small unknown seedling which I left to grow on. A very welcome gift from a resting bird. I'd like to think it was the bird's way of thanking us for all the food we provide.

Martyn posted a vlog of Saturday's plot activity here on his blog - pop across and take a look.

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Getting down to soil level


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