I think I was misunderstood, or maybe I should have worded my post better, let me try again...
Vermicomposting I found was a waste of time FOR ME AND THE WAY I GARDEN
I did try the worm bins, but I found that I had to spend more time than I wanted to maintaining it for worms. And there were some things I couldn't throw into the worm bin, such as onions, garlic, etc... And because it's an enclosed container I had to worry about too much rain or it being too hot or too cold for the worms.
I also compost all my kitchen scraps and I don't feel like separating kitchen scraps for the regular compost and kitchen scraps for the worm bin. I've decided that the best way to compost (FOR ME
) is to simply throw all kitchen (and yard) waste into my gardens, under the mulch, that way the organisms, including worms can simply just sift thru what they want and if there is any thing, such as onions, that they don't like, they can easily just move away, since they're not confined in a bin. Furthermore, I don't have to spend the time sifting thru the bin to collect the casting, the worms just put them where I need them.
I don't have to worry about weather destroying my worms, because they have adequate shelter in my yard to find safety. We just went thru a brutal winter and a lot of rain, yet last Wednesday I was digging up dirt to lay a log path thru various parts of my yard and garden and in that process I saw tons of worms, so they do just fine in nature without my assistance, other than providing a thick layer of mulch. The benefits of worms to the soil go way beyond their castings, the tunnels they dig help to keep the soil healthy...>>>> http://extension.illinois.edu/worms/live/
<<< Good read.
As for animals, I get a lot of animals in my yard, including raccoons, opossums, squirrels...and it's been my experience that they don't go after my food scraps, as incredible as that sounds. The only thing they seem to do is dig thru the soil a lot looking for grubs and stuff. The only times I've found my food scraps dug up is when I include meat, bones and carcasses included in my food scraps. Now what I do for that is to leave those things out in the open and allow them to eat it up, until they're satisfied, then I go back and bury the bones.
I didn't intend to say that ^^^this^^^ is the way things should be done, rather this is what I've found works best for me.