Tilling soil

by Stickywire on Saturday April 21, 2012

Spring is, as everyone knows, the time to prepare the garden. One of the first jobs in this preparation is the tilling of the soil, not something you want to attack with a rake or hoe.

Tilling aerates soil and mixes in rich organic material like the rotted leaves from last fall. Fortunately there are great tillers that do the work with a bit of human guidance. The best models aren’t inexpensive but they are well worth the investment.

The serious gardener should look for a tiller with about 85 pounds of torque giving it the muscle to deal with heavy soil. A ‘triple-stage gear reduction’ makes a tiller easier to use and battery models are up to the job now. 

You can tell if the soil is ready to till. It isn’t ready til it crumbles instead of holding together. 

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