BACK TO BASICS
Have arthritis in fingers now and find it painful to use my cultivator, especially if it fails to start after a couple of pulls Have bought a Terrex spade ,with a fork attachment. These were popular in the early 70s. Took a few minutes to get used to using it ,then it was brilliant.
I will now leave the soil exposed to the winter weather, and let the frost break down the lumps of soil.This was the way the veg plot was done years ago, and I feel sure in those days soil pests were not such a problem as they are since cover beds over winter with weed suppressant