where to put my compost bin
Hi, I have almost decided to start a compost bin up until when researching it I discovered cockroaches often dwell within the heap. Now my wife is not thrilled of the idea of having a bin in the first place as her father always had one and she didn't like the smell. But if we get a roach infestation I will be held solely responsible. I understand that cockroaches can play an important part of the decomposition process but the last thing I want is roaches in the house. As once they take hold of a property they are extremely hard to remove. Are cockroaches much of a problem in England I realise that in oz and the US they are a real problem. But would they be attracted to my bin? Would it be wise to limit the amount of food waste in there ie just use plants, grass and paper? Ideally I would like to keep the bin out of site and the best place for this would by the side of my house rather than at the bottom of the garden. I also read that it's better to have it near the house to deter mice. Yet far away to prevent roaches entering your property hence my confusion. lastly I realise it is slightly off topic but my afformentioned father in law's compost bin isn't your traditional 50/50 browns and greens it's basically just grass mowings and the odd egg shell here and there he doesn't turn it he just piles it all in throughout the summer and the following spring spreads the mulch like substance over his beds. With this he has never had any problems with pests and his bin is metres away from his back door. And he has always had very attractive flower beds. But in saying that he will also buy a few 100 litres of compost too. Is following his method suitable for growing a few border flowers and a very small veg patch in the back garden?