What is compost doing during the winter?
So I built three compost piles last fall, each about 3 feet high and wide. All winter when my collection containers were full and weather permitted, I added to the piles adding leaves I gathered in the fall. I occasionally turned the top one third of one of the piles. The piles compacted and I continued to fill them up. We got lots and lots of rain all winter long. Two of the piles are covered and one is not. Winter temperatures stayed pretty mild with maybe a dozen temperature drops into the low 20's but often rebounding into the 50's in the afternoons. So what is the compost doing during the winter? What is happening in those compost piles? Is everything just sitting in there decomposing very slowly?