I have a compost bin (the larger one here: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/buying-a-home-composter/) from the Council, as we have no garden waste collection (I do not drive so cannot go to the Recycling Centre with waste).
I have had this for five years - initially when I moved in i had a lot of clearing to do, cutting back of shrubs and plants. I fear I failed to make the hard woody content small enough (no shredder) and it was mostly woody - no lawn/grass (even so eight bags x2 a year for first 4 years I paid to have uplifted).
Five years on I have still had no usable compost despite adding compost makers/enhancer products. I could not turn it. Occasionally it broke down enough to add some more substance. Five and half years on I need to move the composter to put in a log store. The bottom of the composter now has some very rough compost, still with identifiable twigs in it. It is not hot in the the least but I had the foresight to keep out tap-root or perennial weeds from the composter (I knew that much).
I intend to decant it all into green reusable garden waste bags, and maybe an £12 woven textile bag type composter.
Q1 I know I can use the rough stuff as the base layers of my new raised beds: but can I put down the unbroken down compost as the base layer in the deeper (600mm) raised beds I am making (pallet crates)? (if not I hope to manage to decant it/offer it to the allotment associatiation who I am guessing will have a compost heap or two- I will offer them the composter too).
Q2 Going forward, (and bearing in mind I live in NE Scotland on the coast, 200 m from the beach...and although sheltered, the garden is windy at times), is a wormery or is a new smaller composter the best option (open wooden or galvanised rubbish bin type that I can turn)
We are a family of two - one teen and have a regular food waste collection by the council (but uncooked worm-friendly food could be collected)?
Do worms eat any garden waste?
I can now better manage and will have much more limited woody waste (still no grass) though I have more (now mostly weed free) flower beds, planters and containers now in our back garden is about 40 m sq and the shrubs are now more manageable ...the fifteen odd 20 ft roses are now waist height as are the 4 honeysuckles and two philadephus, the crown of the lilac is reduced by 3/4 to about 6 m2, the buddleia gone, and the gean tree with its drain-invading roots sending up shooters 6 m away, and telephone wire interfering crown also gone, though the 60 year old fuschia tree requires careful controlling; the front (containers/raised beds) is about 6m sq (all containers/raised beds or will be). (The garden was very, very overgrown: I had, the summer before last 12 garden waste bags of honeysuckle and climbing hydrangea waste, plus the 4 bags of ivy the tree surgeon took away to burn...and the lilac/gean prunings).
Supplementary question: can you put hardwood fire ash on beds or dig it in?