With our mild winter, we are weeding in February. Unheard of! We should be under half a foot of snow, or have ground frozen twice that deep. Yes, we can haul off half a dozen or more wheelbarrows of weeds each day. Our current task was to clean up the sunchoke beds. Sunchokes look like small sun flowers. The roots form tubers which we eat. They taste like artichoke hearts.
Anyway, we had planted these directly into the rocky soil without much preparation. The roots have been breaking up the shale and clay, but we still harvest as many rocks as tubers. Our plan was to weed, then cover the area with hay and manure from the goat barn. Then the idea of lining the planting area with old wood came to mind.
This would provide a boundary with the walkway on one side and fence on the other side of the bed. We will let the wood decompose with fungus and mushrooms. For each wheelbarrow of weeds hauled away, a wheelbarrow of rotting woods comes back. Some might consider this a make-work project.