After a chat over dinner and some advice from Monsieur Google, we’ve decided not to try and do the veg patch all at once. The weeds are just horrendous, and getting them all out by hand is back breaking, so we have decided to hand-weed a third of it and mow the rest. We will then cover the mown part with plastic sheeting over the winter to suppress the weeds. The hand-weeded part will be sown with some winter veg, after all we need to see some fruits of our labours. The plus side of the weeding is we dug up 2 buckets of spuds, which will keep us in dinners for a few weeks. But there must be an easier way of getting them out, I just seemed to stab all mine with my fork and make holes in them!!.