We had reserved a tiller from Hardware Sales rental dept for Saturday, but we woke up to a couple of inches of sloppy wet snow on the ground, and more coming down so we decided to cancel it. We'd almost removed all the sod from the garden space, only 1.5 strips and a few scraps to go, as you can see below:
Thanks to the snow and rain all week, the area where the sod has been removed is a wet sloppy mess with several inches of standing water. We're going to work in a LOT of 3-way (topsoil, sand & compost) to improve the tilth, as well as to raise up the garden above the surrounding lawn for drainage.
The snow makes it easy to see what we've been doing with the sod in the front yard:
Basically we're layering it over the top of the existing grass to fill in the low spot between the house and the fence. This is an area which is (was?) very prone to standing water.
The snow is beautiful, but I'm really disappointed that we had to cancel our rototilling plans. Instead we had to do inside chores, like cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen. Which is good stuff to do, but not really fun to blog about!