I've spent a good number of hours in this area the last 10 days or so, pulling out manky zinnias and cosmos, yanking weeds, laying newspaper and spreading compost. I also laid a dozen pieces of flagstone, hoping it would be enough that I could make my way through the bed without compacting the soil. I need more flagstone: my legs are short. I'd wish for longer legs in my next life but I suspect I'd come back as a giraffe.
Not sure I would want to come back as a giraffe, but I am sure it would be better than many other animals.