Garden Composting Tips.
1) Should I chop up the vegetable scraps before throwing on the compost pile?
Ideally you should break up the vegetable scraps before composting them, this will help the quicker breakdown.
2) What type of accelerant would you recommend?
As an accelerant any basic garden fertilizer will do the trick, its just a matter of feeding the bacteria that is going to break down the organic mater.
3) How can I tell when the compost is ready for the vegetable garden?
The compost when ready will start to loss its temperature and break up into small particles.
4) How should I proceed in the winter months?
The key to composting in the winter is to keep it warm my covering the compost with a sheet or old carpet.
The keys with composting are the keep it moist and not to wet by controlling the water content,use a garden fertilizer to keep the bacteria that are breaking down the compost well feed,control the temperature by insulation in the winter and watering in the summer.Finally make sure the compost stack or container allows the movement of air to aid the break down of the compost.