Over time I'll be raising all the beds. I moved into this property four months ago and put 30-50cm of spoiled alfalfa and guinea pig droppings over the entire front garden. Now that the soursob has come in I'll be raising the beds further to try to prevent it next year.
To try to save this season, I've hand-weeded the whole front garden, but it is rather devastating. It looks like a tribe of small elephants has been learning to tango on it. Not that I stepped on any of the larger plants, but when plants are being propped up by the weeds they don't grow strong enough roots, and a lot of my veggies have just fallen over. Other seedlings got damaged by all the pulling going on. I hate to do it, but it's the only way seeds are going to sprout. Some seeds already sprouted and I'm hoping the yellow leaves will turn green again soon and they'll grow. I'll try to pretty up the garden again with a tidy up so that I feel better about it.
Chop and drop definitely didn't work. The picture sprouting the healthiest crop of weeds was taken only a week after a 'haircut'.
Soursob is very well suited to all of SA, both the climate and the soil.