Help - Massive Bramble problem
Does anyone have any advice on what to do about a MASSIVELY overgrown garden? I am in the process of trying to reclaim what was my father-in-law's garden, prior to moving into the house. The house & garden have been neglected for a few years, as I've been quite ill. We are now preparing to move (it's just over the road, but the house and garden are both much bigger than what we're in now), and I've been over with leather gauntlets and the loppers & secaturs, but I feel like I'm fighting a loosing battle, I went on holiday for a week and had to pull up a lot of foot-high new shoots, in addition to chopping down the bits I can get to.
The entire garden looks like something out of jurassic park, the brambles are towering over me, and it's not unusual to pull out shoots that are well over 12 feet long (the green ones go in the green bin, the brown ones from last year go into the burner). I was told some time ago that potatoes are good for re-claiming ovegrown land, is this true? Can I plant potatoes now? When I've eventuallly cleared the top growth will I be best rotovating the lot? I can't spread the roots any further, as the garden is FULL of the flipping things already!
I've tried chemical controls (pathclear and SBK brushwood killler), none of them seemed to touch the problem, with the SBK things went a bit yellow and picked up again, the pathclear had no effect. I don't really like using chemical controls, but this time next year I'd at least like to be able to see to the end of the garden (hubby has promised I can have chickens at the bottom of the garden as an incentive for me to get on with it)!
Short of joining me with secateurs, any advice/ wisdom / moral support would be most welcome!