I spent the better part of four hours this afternoon with a rented tiller and compacted clay soil. Even though I had thoroughly watered the area to be tilled, it was still tough going. I have to tear through crabgrass and St. Augustine in some parts. It’s great fun when that shit gets wrapped around the blades and kills the engine. Other parts are sunbaked nightmares reminicent of the stage in which your pottery is leatherhard before you put it in the kiln. Bump! Bump! Bump! Engine sputter….
I think the tilling is about 2/3 done. I had to spend a lot of time trying to level out the soil. I should probably mention that the space is about 20′ x 24′. I like to dream big.
Even though this is a bunch of miserable work, it will be worth it once I get a vegetable garden established. Plus, I’ll never have to mow that area again. It’s the view I have from my kitchen. I’m sick of looking at a crapped-out, uneven weedfest. Of course, now I have a giant dirt patch that is partially covered with grass. But, it’s progress!