Posted: 21/02/2016 at 13:00
I completely understand Tingly - I'm on my own and do all the grafting myself, except when I can persuade one of my daughters to help! I know how hard it is to work with heavy soil.
What size of area do you have that needs some help? If it's not too big, I'd suggest just tackling a bit at a time. Ideally, get some manure delivered as a one off, tuck it in a corner (leave it for several months if it's fresh) and just take a bucket each time you go out to do a bit of gardening. Apply it to the surface and over time, you'll make that area easier to work. When you plant anything, add plenty of compost and grit to the hole. That will also have a huge benefit over time.
If it's a big area - it might be worth waiting till you have the funds and getting someone to shove a load of stuff in for you - manure and grit.