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I dig things out with a digging fork in moist (but not wet soil -- in my clay I have to water well and then wait a couple of days) and try to get as much of the roots as possible.   Then lay down a thick layer of mulch to keep them from regrowing. If they're growing in the middle of wanted plants, sometimes this involves also uprooting and replanting desired things.  (if you're pretty sure you're dealing with something aggressive and you haven't gotten the full root mass...
If your summer isn't too hot for radishes (they prefer cooler weather) you can plant more every two weeks or so to have a continuous supply.  Where I live, we can plant in successions like that in the spring and fall, but they flower too quickly in the summer to get good radish roots. 
Just snip off plants at the base with scissors (or pinch with your fingers) leaving one per hole.  They don't need any support.  Some varieties are "half-runner" and will climb a tiny bit if you provide support, but most aren't.  They are usually just about knee-high. 
Here's another link about rat control http://nwco.net/PDF/rat.pdf   Please, don't feed the rats anymore.  The oatmeal is a tasty treat (here's a link about feeding pet rats oatmeal http://www.ratsrule.com/diet.html)    
Please don't do oatmeal in wax paper packets.  That's just feeding rats.  Heck, I googled "oatmeal wax paper rats" and I got one link that suggested doing exactly that as a treat for pet rats!!!    Snap traps are effective and inexpensive.  Google "rats ipm" for more ideas and details about the best way to position and bait the traps.    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74106.html
The strawberries haven't grown yet?  Honestly, I'd eat them.  To be careful, you could mulch with paper (or straw, or straw over paper) to eliminate direct contact between the developing berries and the soil.  Parasites aren't going to come up through the roots of the plants.  Fertilized roundworm eggs become ineffective in 3 weeks http://www.ehow.com/facts_5491608_life-cycle-roundworm.html and heartworms pass through a mosquito bite...
Cathy, I'm in sac... Do you remember a comment way back in like 2008 on your suburbia blog by someone who recognized you at barnes and noble? That was me....
I just shovel manure from my mom's sheep pasture and put it straight onto my beds (I've never mixed it in that way, just layered it on top.)  I think the fact that it is kind of pelleted means that it isn't as likely to burn plants.  I've never had a problem with it.  Aged, it should definitely be fine.    I wouldn't put it where you'll be planting carrots (it can cause forking), but other than that it should be fine
RosieL, I'm in zone 9. I live in the town that FarmerCathy lived in in her former life.  :) 
I just updated my blog with veggie garden photos too... of course, I got interrupted and didn't finish, but it is mostly there...  its the busy time between spring and summer, and the garden is FULL -- I have plants in pots waiting for the cool season stuff to get done.   http://muddytoesandgarbanzos.blogspot.com
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