Hello Everyone! I read a lot in this forum, but still had some questions I wanted to ask directly.
I have been reluctant to make a compost pile due to not wanting to increase traffic of (bad) bugs and/or rats or mice.
1. Is there anything I can do to prevent rats from getting into my compost pile besides caging it off? Is that even an issue?
2. Would it be okay to have a compost pile IN your garden?
To be more specific, "How far away should your vegetable plants be from your compost pile?"
My MIL has a sort-of compost pile in her garden. Should I tell her to move it/quit burying stuff randomly? (Instead of making a compost pile she has been spreading "kitchen scrap greens" either everywhere or just in a main pile which is now next to a tomato plant - is this problematic/a good practice/should she stop?)
3. Would a large plastic garbage can be okay to turn into a compost bin? (Assuming you had your carbon/nitrogen ratio correct)
Or do you need the open space provided by a pile on the ground?
4. Does a compost pile stink? / How do you make a compost pile not smell bad / What can you do if it does stink?
Here is a different question kind of on the subject (And I am aware that this will/DOES stink:)
5. Is it "not good"/good to put a whole fish directly into the soil to decompose/rot into your garden near your plants? The pros and cons of this would be good to know.
My Father-in-law recently asked me why we didn't have a compost pile and I got super happy by that question... I had assumed that because he wasn't "into gardening" especially he wouldn't of ALLOWED a compost pile. I never asked because I didn't want to get blamed if it went south/yucky! Now it is a different story.