I had weeds in my spinach.
Weeds in my carrots which are bigger than the carrots themselves.
Weeds in my parsley which is mostly self seeded fennel. Basically weeds all over the garden. I didn't finish but I certainly got a lot of the weeding done. The spinach had huge gapes all over. The worst was in one bed that the cutworms got to. Half the plants are missing. The carrots also had cutworm damage as did the turnips in the cabbage bed. I found a lot of cutworms. You can tell where they are because they take a leaf - or in the case of carrots, they take the whole plant - and cut it at the soil surface and drag it underground. You can see the top of the poor plant sticking up but half buried. Sadly I couldn't find all the ones where I found damage. Especially in the larger spinach beds and the chard.
Above is some cutworm damage too. The cutworms can't eat through the leaf stalks as they are too thick. So they will just go up the leaf and start eating it. Though in spots you can see that they tried to cut the leaf off and failed. Around those plants I'd just dig in the soil near the plant.
Bad cutworm! It had plenty of weeds to eat, but no it wanted my plants. I'll be out each morning looking for cutworm damage. I just hope next time I find it, I can find the cutworm. I couldn't for the last two carrots that bit the dust. Each day I miss one is another carrot that dies. Each day I find one is another cutworm that dies. If I win I get to eat. If the cutworm wins he gets to pupate and make more cutworms to annoy me again with the next generation.
Sometimes when you have your head down and focused on killing cutworms gardening seems rather futile. Especially when you can't find the little buggers and know they will kill more of your plants. But then you look up. Mostly things are growing well. Spring has sprung. A cool breeze is in the air and life is pretty good.