Hello, all you rotting fruit-and-vegetable-matter lovers!
Just last night, my lovely wife sanctioned the purchase of my first composting unit (a vertical, center-axle style tumbler), which will arrive sometime this week. I've read a lot of stuff in this forum, and realize that tumblers aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I'll be producing mine on a relatively small scale, and the limits of my suburban parcel of land require that I have a nice, tidy composting unit that I can put in an out-of-the-way place (which I don't have many of). I fully understand the limitations of having a tumbler, but the pros outweigh the cons for me, and I think it'll produce the required amount of compost in a decent amount of time.
As for time, I don't expect the compost to be ready for my planting of summer crops, which will probably go in somewhere in late April. Because I have a small garden, instead I can afford to use mushroom compost from the local nursery to supplement my native soil (which I started amending with the same mushroom compost last year). More than anything, I hope to be able to use any compost I make this spring/summer for brewed/steeped compost tea, and then use what I've learned to get a good batch going in the fall so I have a nice batch of compost ready for next spring.
As for the "sort of" part of my title, my parents had a compost pile in our back yard while I was growing up, so I'm fairly familiar with how the process works. One thing I'll never forget - that pile would yield some of the fattest nightcrawlers you could ever hope to find, which in turn yielded a good number of bass and catfish from the local ponds. Great fun for a kid!
Anyways, just thought I'd use this thread as a sort of journal to follow the process, and to help me learn from experience and from any inputs you more experienced composters feel might be helpful for a newcomer like me. I'm really looking forward to this!