I am putting in a new garden and thinking about putting our compost pile in one corner. Will this attract harmful bugs to any degree that may interfere with the health of the plants growing nearby? Are there any other drawbacks to siting the compost heap in a vegetable garden that I should consider?
I have had compost bins in the past. I had 3 bins side-by-side just off my lawn, and filled up one, then moved to the next, and so on. Once I had all 3 bins full, the 1st was generally ready to use as compost. I also had one just off my garden, which is very useful to have it near by, much more practical for putting plant material in it from your garden. I never noticed it attracting unwanted pests. I also understand, ground up tree leaves and coffee grounds are the best for making compost.
The compost pile will attract mice and other rodents. I have experienced this from my own backyard and these rodents will eat your vegetable plants or vegetables. Having a compost bin is a great idea but it will attract unwanted pests.