I know this is probably a post that ticks some people off; but I've spent a great deal of time reading tips and forums and I still don't think I have a good handle on composting. So here's my situation:
I recently bought a 60gal barrel composter from home depot. From what I had read (at that point) it seemed the best option. However I later read it's not good for newbies. I loaded it in August or September with a brown/green mix I got from my 'Food4Wealth' guide. I didn't get the mix wet enough plus it wasn't in a very sunny area. Not much composted before the cold weather moved in. At this point, I can see much has composted, but it's not there yet. It's been in a sunny spot since January. So here are my questions:
How long should it take my compost tumbler to cook a batch (through winter and warm months)?
Can I add food scraps and other greens during the process?
Is adding blood/bone meal or already made compost as effective as the compost accelerators in the store?
Does the mix heat up in a tumbler the way it does in a heap?
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.