I have an area in my yard that I'm hoping over the next couple of years to transform into a permaculture food forest or garden. I'm pretty new to all this so I'm hoping for some advice on how to deal with a massive amount of opportunistic Wisteria, Chinese Privet and English Ivy. They were basically left unchecked for 15-20 years (prior to my residence) in a particular spot in my yard to the point that there are Wisteria vines as big around as my fist (and I'm not a small person!) and a privet bush that had grown to be a 15ft tree and depositing hundreds of seeds (now saplings). In the areas where we beat back some of the wisteria two years ago, English Ivy has started thriving. Thankfully most of the live wisteria has been cleared from vertical growth only creeps along the ground at this point.
I would love to be able to plant a cover crop in this area this year as I continue observing and planning the entire yard but I'm not sure how thorough I need to be in removing the inground vines or which cover crop may be best.
Thanks for any advice.
Black Mountain, NC