should I just start from scratch?
We bought a new house (old one, actually) and it has a small front garden with absolutely horrible soil. Very dense, dries up fast although it does not really drain, it clumps up, hard to work, so I have to start over. I am just not sure how... I have been a container gardener my entire life, but I have never had a garden.
Should I dig out some of this hard stuff and replace it... with what? Should I just build on top of what I've got?
By the way, there's also about 4 inches of old mulch on top of a tarp-like black cloth, and I am really not very fond of mulch in the first place...
Should I just hire someone to get me started, and how much could that cost for a small garden (about 30 by ten feet at the most)