Here's a promising sign:
(okay, I took it with my camera phone so it may be hard to see clearly) I took this picture while I was planting my herbs. The metal thing on the lower left is my spade. You can see up top in the center is a worm. I encountered a lot of worms while I was digging around. Worm castings are excellent fertilizer so I was quite excited to find so many of them.
It was rainy and cold for most of the day and the plot still smells like fish.