This is my second year of organic gardening (second year of gardening, period).
So, my take on "organic methods" is basically that you want to create an entire environment for your plants to thrive -- bugs and soil included. Use the good bugs to help you, nurture the life in the soil, etc.
As I indiscriminately weed, I can't help but wonder if I am pulling out some good guys along with the bad. Is there such a thing as a good weed? Could purslane act as a living mulch to keep soil moist? Would some weeds attract beneficial insects? Are there weeds that leaf-munching bad bugs would prefer and happily abandon my cabbage for?
Not that I am just trying to get out of some garden chores....
I did leave some tall grasses along the edge of the garden near a pond, because the frogs seem to like it and I'd like to encourage their presence. But other than that sort of thing, I am just wondering if I am perhaps losing out on some free help.