White Vinegar Weed Killer - The Organic Way - This works like crazy! But, I've read not to use it around things that you want to grow! Plus, I'm not throwing the weeds into my compost, because I'm afraid it might jack up the whole process.
Good idea for multiple reasons: equisetum (horsetail, snake grass, puzzlegrass) (grow zone grows so quickly and make even the newest newbie of a gardener feel accomplished and happy. equisetum can get out invasive and a container will control it.