An administrator for a mutual fund management firm, April deals with the written word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attended Morehead State University to pursue a BA degree in Elementary Education.
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I could say that I have fond childhood memories of gardening, but I'd be lying. My memories include hoeing, raking, breaking up dirt clumps, discarding grass, and nursing blisters. The most difficult part of the gardening experience was tilling native soil and preparing the ground for the garden. If we had a large yard, Mom sometimes had a large garden and paid someone to till the ground with a power tiller. Other times, in smaller yards, we tilled the garden manually. Tilling soil manually involves using several different garden tools and a lot of hard work.
When tilling soil manually, consider first the implements you will need. That list might include:
Once you've gathered all of your equipment, prepare your area by removing all of the stones, rocks, and large debris such as branches, twigs, and dead leaves. Follow these guidelines to manually till your soil:
Repeat the process over and over again, until you've completed all sections of the soil. Once you've tilled the entire plot of ground in separate sections, consider all of the sections as one large plot, and use your manual cultivator to till the entire plot. As you slowly till the soil, look for rocks, stones, twigs, and weeds and remove them as you till. Finish the tilling job by using your metal rake to grade the soil to a uniform depth.