I had no idea that getting the plot ready to plant would be such a frustrating endeavor. Without a rototiller, it seems that I am only left with the option to shovel up what I need to use. Far easier said than done; have tried to use the shovel, but cannot penetrate deeper than two inches. The ground is as hard as if elephants had pastured there.
I am not giving up, but see that this will be a slow-but-sure process. To the steady goes the race, right?