My 2 cents: I’ve had an "open air" compost heap like Margaret describes for 20+ years. I have never, ever had a rodent or odor problem. In fact, I keep a small "pile" (in an old crock pot) in my kitchen (sometimes for three or four days) to collect cooking scraps, etc. before heading out to the compost pile, and it never smells either. IMHO, if you never ever put animal matter in your compost, you will never ever have an unpleasant odor. Animal matter would include dairy products as well as meats, animal fats, etc. Anything vegetable will decompose without odor.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.