<aside> 💡 This chapter should be read in conjunction with my chapter on looking after the soil
Weed seeds are always being deposited on the soil surface where they get buried. Any disturbance to the soil brings these seeds to the surface, or close to the surface and the result can be an explosion of seed germination.
We see this all the time on our allotment site. People enthusiastically turn their soil, rake it to a fine tilth and it looks pristine. They come back a week later to a sea of green weeds.
However digging and rotovating are also tried and tested techniques for managing weeds. By taking the weedy soil surface and turning it into the soil and burying it, the weeds add nutrients to the soil and the new soil surface might not be weed free for very long, but it's easy to work.
We also see some incredibly successful allotment plots that are managed this way.
So who to believe, the diggers, or the no diggers.
Here are my guidelines:
The people who have the most success with digging on my site seem to follow this approach: