Mostly Finished Compost?
I've been composting for a couple years now, never really going full bore into it. I've had a pile 3 x 3 by maybe almost 2 ft, ish, never getting too close to 3 x 3 x 3, but I have had a few times where I've been able to get it to heat up to around 145-150F.
It's very dark, and mostly unrecognizable. I frequently add coffee grounds/filters, and vege/fruit scraps mostly, and there are those bits that I just added recently that are easily seen.
I've been dying to actually start using this as a soil amendment, or as a mulch for my pumpkin plants (and others).
Since I'm never really able to get it to 3 x 3 x 3, how should I proceed? I know using unfinished compost isn't really the best idea, but when *can* I use this? Right now the pile is 3 x 3 x 1.5 or so. It doesn't really heat up too much above ambient, maybe 10F above or so at any given time. Should I totally stop adding anything at all to it and give it time to "cure"? If so, when could I use it then? (How do I cure it exactly also)
Just not sure how to proceed, was hoping to be able to put some down around my pumpkins and see if it gives them a boost.
I know I've asked a lot! Sorry! and thanks!