Trying to remember what I did before travelling will be difficult but here goes........
I was keen to get the patches for my sweetcorn and legumes (peas & beans) ready for when I get back. A quick session with my Backsaver spade finished off digging in the green manure and I cleared the legume patch of large weeds before giving both patches a run over with the cultivator to produce a good tilth ready for sowing and planting.
I was also pleased to see that the thistles that had spread into last year's potato patch had succumbed to the Glyphosate I had squirted on each sprout showing. It helped that the horse litter mulch I had spread had kept everything else at bay so they were easy to deal with.
My potatoes had sprouted well and had shown only slight signs of frost damage earlier in May so were very ready to be earthed up. I was a bit late doing so as they are best earthed up when just 6" high but it is always worth doing. You effectively disturb any weeds and increase the space underground for them to develop tubers. I earthed up some rows as normal with earth but some are 'earthed up' with horse litter. We shall see if it works!
As I have resolved, I hoed off some weeds around my onions and pulled weeds from along the the path edge. The area round my shed is almost submerged in weeds, mainly Goose Grass so judicial use of the Glyphosate spray will give me a chance to deal with it when I return.
My neighbour and I discussed dealing with the brambles that spread either side of the fence between us from roots deep down. He will be clearing his side while I am away and then I shall have a go at my side. The roots run so deep that I think it may take a little time before success is achieved and we may have to use weedkiller.