Proper use of a tiller
I have just spent a couple of days tilling a new garden in the back of my yard. Had to cut through grass, grass roots, and the tiller has been doing a good job of digging up rocks. I plan to put in tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini.
I have been trying to get about 8" deep with the tiller and break up the soil as fine as I can. I've been going back and forth and zig-zagging at diagonals across the garden bed.
Then a friend stopped by and told me that I don't want to overtill the soil and get it TOO fine.
Overtill? I don't want the soil to be too fine??
After my friend left, it hit me that I don't have a clue about how to till... I just do it. The instruction manual that came with my tiller (a front-tine Craftsman bought about 15 years ago, has lots of advice on safety and basic operative procedures, but none on tilling from a gardener's perspective.
Oddly, a Google search doesn't turn up much either. Lots of stuff on front tines vs. rear tines, etc. but hardly anything on technique.
Any tips on tilling would be most appreciated...