I definitely have not learned all the secrets to composting.
I decided the garden beds needed some compost while preparing them for the next round of planting. A good bit of the compost looked ready. Evidently the surrounding plants agreed and had riddled it with roots. I most definitely need to turn the pile more often. I was able to chisel out two wheel barrows full of the black gold and turned it into two of the raised vegetable beds. The beds changed from the color of red clay to the color of healthy soil. I am hoping the soil doesn't compact as easily and holds more moisture with each addition of compost to the beds.