TILLING FOR THE FIRST TIME
If your soil has never been tilled before or if you’re planning to start reusing an area that hasn’t been planted for some time, the following tips will help you get started: • Prepare the ground first – if you’re reclaiming land that is heavily impacted or overgrown with weeds, you’ll need to prepare the ground before tilling. • Start slowly – going to fast on land that hasn’t recently been tilled can result in a poor finish. Too fast and the tiller won’t grind the soil properly, especially when dealing with large clods and compacted ground. • Don’t go too deep – similarly trying to turn over large amounts of soil that hasn’t been tilled before can put too much strain on the rotary shaft and cause damage. Remember it’s a rotary tiller, not a plough! • Go over several times – build up gradually by going over the land several times and then adjust the depth if you require a deeper till. For a vegetable plot, 9cm – 15cm (4 - 6 inches) is generally deep enough. • Make sure you overlap – check that you are overlapping with the previous strip you’ve tilled so you don’t miss any areas.