I've changed some of my methodologies concerning the garden this year. Distributed compost in one. Rather than making one big heap of compost I have been distributing the compost around the garden using it for mulch, and pathways. Let the stuff breakdown where you need it. Also I used composed cow manure, and humus for fertilizer. Its probably been four years since I used it in the garden. I have been trying to use only compost for fertilizer, but I found out that I need something with a little more punch.