Soon after taking possession of the new plot the tall grasses and weeds were roughly cut down with garden shears, much to the amusement of neighbours more used to the sound of strimmers. The area was then covered in mypex-type membrane to cut out the light and, hopefully, kill off the grass and other weeds. By November most of the grass had died down so the beds were rough levelled, covered with a few inches of muck, encouraging the worms to do the digging for me, and then recovered with mypex. The beds won't be needed until Spring so a decision will then be taken on whether to remove the mypex altogether of plant through it if there are still active weeds, the main concerns being couch grass and bindweed.