Ugh - sorry about ground elder. We discovered the same in one ield (approx 1/4 acre) In the process of addressing it we've noticed  3 things

1) For large established planting we have to tarp it for 12-18 months

2) For small patches we repeatedly dig out the roots and it will eventually go away (takes about 1-2 years?)

3) Some we just can't access and have to leave (along fence lines etc) 

Sadly, we have woodland edges where it's choking out natives. Still figuring out how to handle that. Good luck with your patch. am sure you'll get there in the end. 

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Thanks for sharing, it’s given me lots to contemplate. I love the idea of a larger green space in patches, some wilder than others. 💚

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