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.
gallows bay hardware on stx has a rental place.
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.