Today we rented the rototiller. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but even Son had a hard time running it through that clay soil, even damp as I had gotten it by running water slowly on it all night.
And then we shoveled and raked and shoveled and raked for two hours. Then we took a break and did it for another hour.
It's a long way from perfect, but it's much improved.
And I am tired!