When we moved here, there was nothing but grass (mostly brown due to drought). The soil was dead - no life in it whatsoever, not a worm to be found on the entire 2.5 acres (at any depth). And so we set about to create a garden by first creating soil. Soil is not dirt I've learned. Dirt is dead, but soil... soil is alive with microbes and is teaming with visible life!
So, yes, right now.... the garden is giving generously to us and I am duly humbled at the power of good soil.