Here's the thing! I can't remain wordless, it's just not possible!
A new visitor/good person has stopped by with a comment; basically, a series of excellent questions about amending clay soil. I want to open this up to anyone who wants to join the discussion....especially you folks in the midwest who grow on this challenging soil!
Here is a site with directions for making leaf mold...including the bin and one on lasagna gardening.
There are dozens of sites on these techniques and these are just two I stumbled upon. Please feel free to leave a site in the comments section and I will post them.