The day I moved into my new house a tree in my backyard fell on my house.
It turned out to be a blessing. I met my amazing neighbors, and we decided to remove all three ratty mulberry trees on our shared property line. Even better, the insurance company paid for professional removal (no brother-in-laws swinging from branches with a chain saw) and for stump grinding.
Last summer I fell in love with my yard and have become addicted to the idea of gardening, but have gained little skill so far (but got a great buy on some garedning tools at an auction).
The stumps are gone, leaving a lovely sunny spot I can see from all my back windows, but how can I improve the soil, heck I need to make it into soil!
I started a vermicompost system in my basement and hoped that the worm poop harvest would help the "soil", I want to avoid chemicals, but would love some advice.