We have a garden! We rented a large rear-tine tiller from Hardware Sales and really did it up nicely. Before we started tilling, we covered the native clay with 3-4 inches of 3-way (topsoil, sand & compost) blend - about 40 wheelbarrow loads raked out. It took 6 passes over the garden with the tiller to integrate the 3-way with our heavy, wet clay. It was slow going at first, we had to stop and dig out a lot of woody debris, rocks, and concrete chunks. After 6 times over it with the tiller, things were looking pretty good - plants would grow in it - but it was still really heavy. So we decided to put on annother layer of 3-way.
We only did 25 wheelbarrow loads (5 x 5) this time before we started tilling again.
After raking out the second layer of 3-way, we rototilled 3 more times. The soil is so much lighter than the clay we started with, though still fairly wet. It looks amazing!
I can't wait to plant. I don't think it's too early for peas and spinach, maybe some lettuces. Hopefully next weekend, if the weather is nice, we can get some in the ground!