Talk about having spring fever. I have two compost bins. One is about 3 squared and the other is just a 55 gallon barrel. We had a few days that hit 60 deg a few weeks ago. I went out to mix up my compost. It was still a bit frozen but after some mixing and chopping I got it all broke a part. My 55 gallon barrel is mostly food scraps along with browns (mostly leaves) because of the rat problem I had last year, with the barrel they can't get in. The barrel was actually starting to smell because it was about full and I was feeding it more food scraps then leaves hoping it would make it through the winter so I can mix it and the larger bin together and have it really start working.
Well, back to nights in the teens and days only into the 30s for about a week and I went back out to throw in more kitchen scraps and I dug down just a bit and wouldn't you know it, it was warm and steaming. All that mixing and adding leaves to help cut down on the smell must of been just enough of a boost to get it going.
It really is giving me that itch to get back out into the garden. I don't think I've ever had a compost that warm when it's been that cold outside. Just kind of cool or should I say warm to see it working at this time of year.
COME ON SPRING!