I'm fairly sure my neighbors consider me a Luddite. I am creating a vegetable garden spot without the aid of any machines. The most sophisticated tool being utilized is a Garden Weasel and the only reason I'm using it has to do with my physical issues re my left hip and back.
Most of the time, I have used nothing fancier than a hand trowel! Sure, a rototiller would allow me to get the job done in an hour or two, but I figure, What's the rush? This gives me a project and, besides, I like playing in the dirt! Who knows what past species or civilizations pass through my fingers as I loosen the dirt with my hands?
Part of the reason I have chosen to eschew a rototiller is that we Americans have grown too accustomed to convenience. Most of our mechanized contraptions are pollution machines. To save an hour or a day of work, we willingly spew all sorts of pollutants into the environment. I have the time, so why add to the problem?
In comparison to my more labor-intensive methods, my neighbors utilize almost every lawn and garden machine that comes on the market. Instead of raking leaves, they use a leaf blower. Instead of sweeping the sidewalk, they use a gas-powered air compressor. Instead of washing their vehicles by hand, they use a high-powered pressure washer. I'm beginning to wonder if they have a machines to wipe their butts and pick their noses!