This is what one of my beds looked like this morning:
After spending most of the day weeding, this is what the same bed looked like this evening:
Still weeds in the foreground, but parsnips, onions and sunflowers now have their bit pretty much to themselves.
Non-gardeners often think weeding is difficult because you have to know what everything is so you don't pull up precious plants by mistake. In fact, for conventional veg gardening at least, it's not that difficult. On the basis that a weed is just a plant in the wrong place, if you know what plant should be there, telling the difference is a simple binary classification: Pea or not-pea? If you go in for companion planting, it gets a little more complicated: Onion, carrot, or neither-onion-nor-carrot?
As my plant knowledge grows this job actually gets harder. Instead of
not-peaI'm now starting to see
sweet rocket.It's much easier to rip something out by the roots if you don't know its name. Mostly, everything has to go, but I will make an exception for wild pansies: