Today is the kind of day every gardener dreams of. There was a clear blue sky and just a slight breeze. It was sunny and about 65 to 70 degrees. The perfect day to finish up my garden expansion project. I went to Home Depot this morning and rented a mid size rear tine tiller. I wasn't sure how long it would take me to till up the 400 square foot area. I rented it for four hours, and that was a smart move. The dirt up there is pretty decent compared to the Georgia clay in most of my yard.
After getting my neighbor to help me unload the tiller and get it in position, I was done in less than an hour. I tilled the area for another hour until everything was tilled nicely. Baby powder consistency, oh yeah! I hit a few roots from the tree I dug up, but nothing major. I was pretty surprised how easy it was. I raked everything smooth and now I am ready to get some corn and peas in the ground.
Here is the beast, cost me about 45 bucks for 4 hours.
Here is the area after the initial tilling of one hour.
This was a nice cinder block and concrete footer that came from something. The tiller practically jumped out of my hands when it hit this.
Here are the roots I found that I missed when I dug out the tree stump. There weren't that many.
Here is the area after tilling for another hour, it was perfect.
Here is the area after I raked it smooth.