Renting a tiller on STX
Anyone have any specific recommendations on where to rent a tiller, what sort to get?
Looking to till a small area (less than 10ftx10ft) in a place that has about 3 inches of dry topsoil then calliche.
Not expecting any miracles, just something faster than doing it manually with a pick axe.
This is a gardening experiment, so whatever happens in the end is ok with me.
May just do some simple raised boxes and skip the tilling, any suggestions are welcome.
I live in the Texas hill country, with soil/caliche similiar to yours. You can break up the caliche with a tiller, but you're going to wear out the tiller(two in our case), and you're still going to have to bring in topsoil, compost etc. We started using raised beds a couple of years ago, and have had good luck with them. From my experience, with soil like you're describing, I would definitely go with raised beds.
If there is an agricultural extension office available to you, see what they have to say on the subject.