I’m bringing this thread up to the top for all the new members that might not have gardens now, but would like to start gardens.
If you plan to plant a new garden in the spring now is the time to start planning and preparing the site. Turning the soil over in the fall will give the soil the opportunity to decompose plant material and return nutrition into the soil. Initial plowing or rototilling in the fall will make cultivation in the spring easier and reduce weed propagation. For a big garden some means of machinery is necessary to turn the soil over due to the enormous amount of labor required to do it by hand.
Read the original post by Tweva and download the pdf at the bottom of her post.