|The compost bins sit under our mulberry tree ...|
For some reason, I thought the bin was also supposed to be rodent-proof. It isn't. A family of mice live very well inside the rotting contents. I'm sure they greatly appreciate the regular deposits!
I filled the purchased bin about a week or so ago. Since then I've improvised a second "bin". There was a broken bin left behind by a previous tenant. It's lid was intact so I've been using that on top of a segment of water barrel, purchased from the dump shop for $10. Now that's a bargain! (The base of the barrel is being used for Tea's food). Obviously this lid doesn't fit snugly but I haven't noticed any difference in the number of insects inside. I haven't noticed any resident mice either - and that's a good thing!
I've never made compost before, so will be interested to see how my first batch turns out - when it finishes rotting down!