TSM, when was last in Baghram, gave me a copy of the book “The Rodale Book of composting” by Deborah Martin and Grace Gershuny. I’m only on Chapter 4, but I never would have believed how little I know about the dynamic universe that lives in good soil. The complex chemical, biological and mechanical processes that transform organic matter into useable form for the surrounding plant community. The complex dance between bacteria, fungi, protozoa and how they are affected by salinity, acidity and temperature.
If you don’t compost, my only question is, why not? It is basically free, if done properly without smell and enriches everything it touches. The largest, by volume, export of the US is topsoil. Something that takes, at a minimum, decades to replace. One reason I love Permaculture is, it is as much about healing the land as it is anything. It recognizes and places in primacy the inter-relationship between care of the earth, care of people and getting a return of surplus.
So, get out there and make yourself some Black Gold!