Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:48
Wow you have done a fantastic job!
Advice (as you have already done) start closest to the house and do a bit at a time. If you are taking some old carpet out of your new property, don't throw it away but lay it on top of the next area you want to clear - it can stay there all winter/spring preventing weeds from growing and making clearing the area easier.When you are ready to work on a new bit you can take it off and dig over the soil beneath digging out any remaining roots.
You can also put thick black plastic/carpet or something similar on top of what you have already dug to prevent regrowth. In spring when regrowth happens (and it will) have some glysophate aka Round Up handy and spray the new growth as it appears - this weedkiller will go down through the whole plant and kill the roots too without you having to dig them out. It is perfectly safe for kids and pets to be in the garden once it has dried - plants have to be in active growth and so it probably wouldn't be so effective at this time of year.
If I were you I'd ask Father Christmas for some tools or garden centre vouchers! Put an ad on your local free cycle group for old carpet and plant up pots to give you something to look at in winter /spring until you get planting. Good luck, I'd love you to post another picture next year so we can see the changes