Up front, there will be a bit of a cost. Wingnut broke down and bought me the tractor of my dreams along with a pull behind tiller to break the soil initially and then to use at the end of each season to cultivate and amend the soil. It was an easy decision for him. He wants to make me happy, he likes the idea of saving money down the road on the food we grow ourselves, and he didn't relish the idea of walking behind a front tine tiller, especially after I showed him how large of a garden I wanted.
I posted about our purchase on Facebook last night, and my sister-in-law teased about how "romantic" the gift was. Little does she know, I find that kind of gift truly romantic, indeed. I still like a bouquet of flowers now and again, but a tractor, now that really sets my heart to pitter-patting!