I spent the last months or so reading book, utilizing Youtube and other online sources, and I'm very comfortable with starting and maintaining an active compost. But something that is not address, or at least IU have yet to find it, is when to harvest the finished compost.
The option that is most straightforward is to make a proper pile in a Geobin type of compost bin/net once leaves are abundant and maintain that until spring when it's all composted, and then use the entire goodness in the garden.
However, how on earth would I go about and add kitchen scraps and yard waste throughout the year without getting into the issue of having ample amount of things not yet composted?
Simply put, what on earth am I going to do with my kitchen scraps and yard waste I produce on a daily basis? Again, if I add that to the already prepared pile, I will at some point have to stop if I'm going to have JUST finished compost in the spring.
Starting worm bins is not really an option as I can't have it inside, and in Northern California where I reside, it gets way too cold for them during the winter. Furthermore, I can only add so much to the bins without overfeeding them. I produce way more kitchen scraps than a single of a double worm bin setup would consume.
Do I need two piles? One with the initial pile I make in the fall and one for the continuously added material?
I need some guidance here before starting my composting adventure.