Later, I prioritised sowing and planting. Weed control became secondary to actually sticking plants in the dirt, because I had quickly discovered that without planting, there would be nothing to sell.
But the last year or so my priorities in the garden have changed again. Without any thought on my part, it has become apparent that harvesting is in fact the biggest priority in my (and any) commercial vegetable operation. Much as I love gardening and being surrounded by the recurring miracle of germination and growth, if I don't get an income from the garden then the business folds and that's the end of that. And I only get an income by harvesting goods for sale.
So the pragmatic list of priorities is: 1. harvesting for sale; 2. planting for the harvest; 3. watering and fertilising; 4. weed control to prevent competition, and 5. keeping things looking orderly.
In real terms the list above means that the grass in the garden is often long, and stuff is left lying around, and things go un-hoed and weedy, as I scurry around busily planting, tending and harvesting the crops.
Ideally I would spend more time on the grass and weeds, as I do love a tidy and beautiful garden, but finding time is difficult, especially now with the spring growth and regular rain....
And the photo above? Well, the only reason I've spent four hours in the rain this morning is because harvesting is priority number one!