I wanted to start composting recently but we live in one of these neighborhoods with the stiff HOA rules, and the best I could do was a batch compost tumbler. I got it in November, started filling it right away with kitchen scraps and shredded leaves. My plan was to stop adding to it in March, in order to give it the alleged 6-8 weeks that it needs to turn "stuff" into compost--just in time to get it into the garden. Even though it's discreet looking, my husband was still worried about HOA stuff, so we put it against the side of the house where it didn't get much sun. Of course it froze solid several times over the winter and didn't get much heat going. About two weeks ago I moved it into the sun, hoping something would happen, have been spinning it every day as per the instructions. SO: it's basically a mass of super-gooey orangish sludge, with lots of chunks still. I added about a quarter of a bag of soil the other day, thinking that might help...is this going to turn into compost or will I be pouring soup into my garden. And if it is soup, is that bad, or will it still work???