Sprinkle in plenty of tinyarthropodslike mites and springtails. They'll pass theorganic matterfrom the plants on to the smallerdecomposers.
Don't forget a dash of some larger animals like earthworms, moles, and gophers. They'll loosen the top layer and stir air in for you.
Simmer slowly in the sunshine for at least a few hundred years. Add rain regularly as needed. Now you've got living, breathing soil. Yummy!
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