Late rain this year; there is water everywhere. I like it, but it makes for a slow spring.
Having a good supply of chicken manure makes for good compost. Compost is really the stuff. My recipe includes carbon and nitrogen and oxygen and heat and water. The carbon comes from brown dead stuff like straw or dead leaves (or used chicken bedding) and the nitrogen comes from green trimmings or grass or leaves. Too much nitrogen and you get anerobic slime. Too much carbon and nothing happens, but with a good mix and maybe a little nice compost bacteria for starter things start to happen. The micro biological factories begin working. All they need is warm weather and some moisture and they can turn out a pile of compost in a few short weeks.