Direct sow seeds
Hi all, first time gardener looking for a bit of advice about sowing seeds into a bed I've been trying to sort out over the spring. I've de-deweeded, taken out a lot of debris, turned the soil and mixed in some compost. The plants I've gone for are (hopefully) pretty low maintenance seeds that I can direct sow without using trays, etc: calendula, cornflowers and ladybird poppies.
So my main question is: would you use mulch, and if so would you sow the seeds in the soil and mulch over, or add a layer of mulch and sow the seeds into that!
I'm also worried that the weeds I've removed are all part of one massive plant with very deep set roots. I'm taking them out as best I can and removing new growth but short of digging up the whole bed that's all I can do, but any advice is much appreciated