Phase IV of my summer project has commenced, with the pulling of a cord. This morning I cranked my parents old tiller to facilitate the loosening and removal of dirt. This is a patio project to increase the size of the patio by about 288 sq feet (12X24). To remove that much dirt to a depth of three inches requires that I move the equivalent of just a litle over 3.5 cubic yards of soil, and that I do it all my hand, because there is NO WAY to get any equipment in there. So, it's shovel and wheelbarrow.for me, in the 90+ degree temps common in Louisiana this time of year.
This winter, when I've got my firepit set up and the smoker cooking meat, it'll all be worth it.