Posted: 07/10/2014 at 06:57
I'm afraid I'll have to disagree about the polythene. I don't see the point of stopping the weedseeds germinating until you are ready to plant and/or sow in your veg patch - only for them to all spring into life when you've sown/planted.
If you have a good sharp Dutch hoe and spend 5 or 10 minutes with it whenever you see those tiny cress-like weed seedlings appear during mild spells in the winter, by the time you're ready to get sowing/planting, a large proportion of the weedseeds will already have germinated and been dealt with.
Then, sow your seeds in rows and mark them, and continue to hoe between the rows - that will get most of the weed seedlings. All you have to do then is remove any that have sprung up in the rows when you thin out your veg seedlings.
Keep your hoe handy