Our back yard is about to be composted. The ground has been turned, rested and left to absorb the sun’s rays for a few months and now it’s time to prepare for a new crop. Nana has collected a few dozen baskets of dried leaves and bush which have been scattered all over the land.

Successful composting relies on air to activate the aerobic breakdown of natural solid waste. It’s the best way to recycle organic matter back into the ecosystem. Compost is a key component of fertilizer for plants.

The next planting will likely be sweet potatoes. They’ll grow quickly during monsoon season. An area the size we have here is worth about $400 once picked.

How we prepare can make the difference between success and failure. As the saying goes: fail to plan and you plan to fail. Composting is an essential step for growth.