The climate can definitely have an effect on your composting rate. If you live in a cold area, it is suggested that you choose a black compost bin and make sure it is insulated (maybe with an insulation jacket) and placed in the sun to retain as much heat as you can. Composting activity will still occur in cooler climates, but keeping your pile warm can only help your composting be more efficient.
Another blog suggests that before winter, you dig a hole for your compost pile in the early fall and put an old blanket down to keep snow out. Put down 6-10 inches of straw or leaves to insulate the reserved dirt to avoid freezing, and you can cover your pile before Spring.
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