Over the last week several leaf piles have cropped up in our backyard. It’s Step One for raking those leaves into the compost pile in the corner of the yard – the kids rake the leaves into a pile, jump in it, and then we cart it or rake it over to its new home for the winter. Some grass clippings are also raked into the mix, which is perfect for the compost pile. The pile is very high now but soon it will settle down and begin the process of making beautiful dirt underneath for my gardens next spring. Which I am already planning – I have a list….