Clearly, this compost bin could attract hungry critters. And yet — this being another example of how water can help you instrument your patch of land — the snow doesn’t show any critter tracks. (Nor did it yesterday, when the light was better.)

Better safe than sorry, especially if critters are waking up early because of the thaw. So, the cheapest compost bin solution going:

The Geobin Composter, which I ordered a few days ago. So, I’ll see how it goes. For now, the box is leaning up in a corner of the kitchen…