One of the big chores every fall is dealing with the compost. It isn't a chore that is done in a day, but takes a while. And won't be done until my leaf bins are filled in November. I have two black plastic bins. The first is where our kitchen scraps go. When we add scraps we cover them with leaves to keep the flies away. The leaves also add carbon to the nitrogen rich scraps. The second plastic bin is for any finished compost at the end of the year. I have a small bit in there now, but I hope I have enough to fill it up when I'm done.
So I have a lot of different bins that have compost in them that have to be sorted through. Many people screen their compost, but I tend to just pick out the large pieces of undecomposed sticks or leaves and toss those back into the bin to be composted some more. I've already gone through the second pallet bin. Once the second bin was empty I started to turn over the first bin adding water as I went. Much of the bin was too dry as we haven't had nearly enough rain this summer or fall. I also added the top of the kitchen scrap bin in layers. The kitchen scrap bin is very wet as it has a cover and kitchen scraps are very moist. And the bin is always just filled with worms. It doesn't compost as much as it gets eaten by them. I don't add worms or anything in the spring. They just live here and multiply once it gets warm enough. So I layered that through the pile. I'm hoping the worms will take up residence in this bin now that it is wet enough. And then they will start to break it all down.
And did you see the spinach in my overwintering bed? I've never gotten such nice fall spinach before. Ever. I planted earlier than usual. I hope it isn't too big and still overwinters well. But I'll be out picking that spinach soon. It looks so yummy. I do have gaps in that bed. I filled them in with some later planted seed. That is all up and I'll need to think the little plants out before they get much bigger.