Many folks think they need to get a roto-tiller to grind up the soil in their garden at the beginning of Spring, but that is not necessarily a good thing. Aggressive tilling will kill the earthworms and friendly microorganisms that are so beneficial to the soil. Instead, take a shovel and fork and turn the soil over, working the dead leaves, etc. into the soil for good mulch. Also, it is a good idea to add some earthworm castings into the soil before planting to further enrich the soil. If you are planting small plants obtained from the plant center, plant them and then mulch around them to keep weeds down. The mulch will also help the soil stay cool, so the roots don’t get burned up.