:hoo: Update in reply. So there is a 3 bin compost set up that was already here and it was pretty full. We started building our garden this weekend and decided to use it. We knew there might be mice in there but I was a little surprised when I saw our kitty staring down a big old rat! As DH dug through the bins he saw another big one and a tunnel through the compost. We've used 2 of the 3 bins so far and will use the third one this week for the last bed - so at that point it will be empty except for anything we add to the first bin. My question is - where are these suckers going to go and how do I keep them out of the house? These aren't cute little field mice. Oh and yes the bins had been used for both food and yard waste. We've been doing so as well since we got here so as not to be wasteful but DH will be building a worm bin for food scraps once we are done setting up the garden (so probably in a couple of weeks).