you're both right .
I have heavy clay soil and usually end up digging over some parts where it's very compacted by the rain - usually in February if we get a few dry days - because the frost breaks it down better if it's a bit clumpy than when it's packed down tight. In these parts of my garden there aren't generally any delicate little plants only big shrubs that I can easily avoid. The soil is too heavy for much to grow in it at the moment.
At this time of year though, I do as Nut says and add a thick layer of compost rather than digging - the worms do the work with no risk of damaging little shoots just emerging. I am not the most diligent gardener or organised shopper and I have often bought plants on a whim then forgotten they are there until they turn up again in spring. I am frequently overheard to remark while weeding and mulching in my borders "Oh hello. Who are you?". It confuses the dog a bit but OH has got used to it now
So that's a good way to resolve the argument - you both win
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