mmm, I bet the dirt on the wall is just where the bare earth splashes up.
I'm not sure what she meant by covering the sump pump. I thought sump pumps were usually in a pit inside the basement. (I don't actually know, our house predates them. It's...interesting in our basement)
Additionally, electric is (supposed to, by code) be buried much deeper than you would hit with a hand trowel.
In any case, I would probably dump enough compost and maybe other soil over it to make a proper raised bed. Plants like the drainage of a raised bed anyway. Compost will improve what looks like pretty iffy soil. Spray glyphosate to kill the weeds before you add new soil.