lakngulf, perhaps you should get a tiller for the Kioti tractor ?
Applestar, you did good.
Spring plowing or tilling causes a loss of moisture. Here in dry Utah that is not a good thing. I don't get my irrigation water until close to the first of June, so until then its a dry farm operation. Also, as Applestar said, early in the spring when its time to plant the early crops, the soil is too wet for tilling. It will just make clods.
I know a 55 horse tractor is overkill for a 1.5 acre ranch, but you gotta remember I grew up on a farm. I am a farmer at heart, and a farmer has got to have a tractor. The tractor gets winter duty pushing snow, and summer duty mowing. I do a bit of tilling for friends and neighbors in the spring and fall. It gives me something to do.
My operation is geared toward production. No raised beds, trellises, paved pathways, or fancy garden trinkets. Just a plot of ground to grow things. Since I have plenty of space I give the plants plenty of space.
Lots of different gardening styles/methods exist, in fact there is probably a style/method for every gardener. The only bad style/method is to fail to plant. Have a great garden!
I put this link in another thread: [url=https://donce.lofthouse.com/jamaica/planting/planting.htm]Planting[/url] It is a page about my planting techniques and soil prep.