This is the work part – the tuning the soil over each spring with a tiller or a shovel part – think of it is saving a trip to the gym. Most soils are a mix of things. One of the things in that mix is usually ‘organic matter’ – which is code for rotting leaves and roots and other stuff (manure, compost, peat moss etc). We like to add more organic matter every year as it improves the air to water ratio of most soils, it helps hold water, it often has a little plant food value (think manure) and it helps make dense soils like clay types, drain better, all things that help grow great veggies. So – every year it is a good practice to add some well composted organic matter as you turn the soil ahead of planting your veggies. It is hard to add too much – a good rule of thumb is spread an inch over the garden then turn it into the soil with a tiller or shovel.