I was finally able to do the spring screening of my entire compost pile -- it's been SO SOGGY I had to wait until now. This isn't the first time I turned a compost pile or screened compost -- far from it... I've been composting for a long time. But the screening process lets you get up close and personal, you know? And I was in AWE of how all the kitchen and yard waste turns into the black, fluffy, composted humus ALL OVER AGAIN.
Lots of big fat worms. 1/3 by volume of the pile turned into a nice pile of med-screened black gold. The other 2/3 have fluffed up to actually higher than the whole pile had been, and hopefully will get cooking again. I'll let the screened pile mellow a bit more and turn it several times and let it dry a bit to kill all the sprouted seeds (This turns out to be a good time to do this. I'm going to remember that all the peas are about 2~4" tall, fuchsias have been in full bloom, plums and Amelanchier are starting to flower, the weeping cherry is in full bloom and it's potato planting time!). When it's ready to use, I'll be able to prep the warm season planting beds and give the cool season plants a little extra, as well as make some AACT to spread the joy. I'll small-screen it for uppotting toms and peppers, plant some more seeds, and top dress the poor transplants that I had to plant in bagged compost mixed soil