Can I Toss Vegetable Scraps Into My Shrubbery?

Q: I’m too old to do classic composting with a pile. Every day I have a cup or so of vegetable scraps to dispose of. Can I just toss them over my shrubbery to decompose or am I asking for a rodent problem? 

A: Tossing the scraps over your shrubbery might indeed invite rodents to come for a snack. A better idea would be to dig a small permanent hole next to the shrubbery, toss your foodstuffs in it, and cover it with a rock that the unwanted animals can’t move.

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