Using (partly) unfinished compost come planting season...
So as a composting novice, my understanding is that unfinished compost should really not be used as a soil amendment, as the continuing breakdown of leaves and such will draw nutrients from the soil that the plants should be getting. Is this correct? Right now my compost pile is progressing nicely. Its hot and definitely breaking down. But if it's not broken down completely by the time I'm ready to plant my veg garden in April or May, what do I do with the unfinished pile? Is there a way of separating finished compost out and let the rest continue its process? Can I use the unfinished compost as a top dressing and let it break down through the season? My big concern is that living in Los Angeles, I am limited on space. My pile is in the same plot as the garden, which will have to move once its time to plant, and I don't know where to put the unfinished pile. Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated.