Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:24
Wood chippings are OK for paths but will rob the veg patch of Nitrogen as they rot down.
Brambles you will have to dig out. I would spray the lot with glyphosate to totallt clear any perennial weeds before you start. It will then die down, but some like bindweed may need a second dose. Spend this summer getting it as clear as you can, with a view to planting next spring. The other thing you could do is to skim off all the turf, stack it upside down, and cover with black plastic. That will rot to give you a good loam. If you can get some maincrop potato tubers, it is a bit late, but plant one every two foot, they will produce a lot of top growth which will suppress weeds, and you get the advantage of plenty of potatoes. However it is a bit late and you may not be able to obtain seed potatoes. Do not plant potatoes from the supermarket, you may introduce virus and rots into your soil.