Time to play in the "dirt." Actually I'm screening mulch from the bin. This was all leaves, banana peels, coffee grounds (including the paper filters, egg shells, veggie and fruit peels, etc.
This is how it looks fresh from the mulch bin where it has been collecting since last spring. I dig out the bottom half of the bin for this year and leave the top part which will fall down. It has lots of worm eggs that will hatch this spring and work their magic.
If you look closely you can see some worms. although they are the hardy ones that have managed to stay alive in the warmth of the center of the bin. The decomposing stuff creates heat to keep them alive.
After processing the mulch through a 1/2" screen, the clumps turn into a fine, sweet smelling stuff that I add to my raised beds. This stuff acts to "recharge" the soil in the beds. Thank you worms!