Yesterday the manthing spent most of his day tilling up garden beds. We can't use a regular tiller in many of the terraced beds here but on the conventional beds we can with a little bit of wrestling, brute strength and bronc riding skills. We now have all but the tobacco bed in the holler tilled and two small beds finished and ready for adding nutrients and then planting.
We only have three flat land beds here on the property, the rest we pretend that they are and where we can we try to maneuver "the beast" through the beds. In some of them it means that you are continually tilling at a peculiar and might I add rather dangerous angle. On a regular basis we break the bolts off that hold the tires on, no worries though as we got smart and bought a dozen extras. At all times one has to hold the tiller either back to keep it from pulling you down the hillside or pushing it up with all you might to keep it on the hill so that it doesn't slide backwards and till you up, it really is a FUN chore around here. Thankfully it only happens a couple times a year and we have never had anyone turned into instant compost.
The remainder of the beds (somewhere around 20) all need to be double dug each season to get them into planting condition. The longer those beds are around the easier it gets to dig them up, but building them and the first couple years of using them, they are a BIG chore. Unfortunately as we get older and our bodies hurt after a good day of working in the gardens we are learning that we need to start thinking about 10 years down the line and how we will do things. A couple weeks ago when we first started working on the beds, I made mention to several how I would love a mini cultivator. Low and behold as per usual, when one puts a true need out to the universe the universe provides. Our best friend has just bought a little mantis tiller. We will share the big tiller and the mantis between the two homesteads as he only needs the larger one twice a season and we only need the tiny one two to three times a year. It should work out very nicely between the two places and make our job much much easier