SPRING ARRIVES, AND with it the emergence of millions of exuberant new seedlings and shoots. The gardener taps into the dynamic of the season by sowing and planting but faces the dilemma of weeding to ensure the survival of the new plants. One possibility is not to weed, ever, and to enjoy the Earth’s re-clothing in the microcosm of the garden (and to be constantly surprised at what is waiting to establish itself). But, for most of us, discerning action has to be taken to ensure food, flowers and foliage flourish.

Bare earth is never bare for long and a sprinkling of cotyledons (the first ‘leaves’ ...


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