Teri and I both have some form of agriculture or home food production in our background. Her father owns farmland near Waco, my mom grew up on an Iowa farm, and my dad’s father maintained a substantial garden as a hobby. When I was younger, my family also operated a garden in our back yard for a few years. So one thing I was excited to start once I had a yard was a vegetable garden of my own.
After Teri and I agreed on the location, it was just a matter of waiting until it was time to get ready for the first planting. To do this, I decided a tiller was going to be a necessity to make this doable, especially since every year will involve tilling in any old growth and some compost. Growing up, we had a serious Honda gas tiller but I figured I could get away with something a bit smaller in our modest yard. After reading some reviews, I decided the Earthwise Cultivator/Tiller sounded like a great deal (it’s a bit more expensive now at $120 than when I bought it, but after using it, I’d say it’s easily worth it).