Posted: 04/10/2017 at 11:30
the simple answer is yes of course you can, but it will take a lot of work.
start small, first strim everything - keep an eye out for perennial vegetables that might have been left(rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus etc,) and any fruit bushes that might be hiding.
then I would get coverings on as much of the plot as possible, cardboard, black plastic, weed suppression fabric (we used to do old carpets but they have too many chemicals in them now) and anything you can't cover will be your starting point.
so the uncovered areas, you have three options
- strim it then spray it with weed killer - its actually getting late to do this now as it needs warmth to work properly.
-or you cover with cardboard and then 6 inches of compost/manure and plant straight into that - its called the no dig technique - look up Charles Dowding he does this technique
-or you have the hard graft of digging over and removing EVERY weed and root and incorporating organic mater - compost/manure etc. before you start planting