FAQ

- Where do you compost?

The compost is created at RVA Createspace in a number of wire frame bins, windrows, and soon to be added worm bins.

             

- How long does it take to make compost?

It depends. We use a combination of composting methods to make the final rich product, involving vermicomposting, static aerated piles, fungal compost, and compost tea. Weather can change the process time from a month to a couple months to a year, which also includes the curing process. 

 

- What can I use my compost in?

Generally for a raised bed you use 1-2 inches as an industry standard to feed your soil, but some gardeners prefer that 1-2 inches plus some compost around the root system. There are many variations, and we recommend you experiment with your plant, and your soil, because variables are everywhere in the natural world.

 

- Can I make compost tea on my own with the compost I receive or buy from Compost RVA?

Yes, please do! Compost tea is one of those great things in life where variance is the key to success. There are so many methods to brew, not to mention all the formulas you can make with just the compost or mixing with food sources for your bacteria or other NPK sources depending on what you're growing. The only thing we ask is that you share your successes and failures, because that is how we all continue to learn.


 

Composting 101

It reduces methane gas released into the atmosphere

It holds carbon in the ground to be released over time

It creates a healthy soil environment for plants to flourish

Beneficial bacteria and invertebrates thrive in it

It teaches kids and adults about biology and the environment in a local manner that applies globally

You can heat and power rooms and electrical devices

Worms love it

Gardens love it

It helps bring in populations of various bugs and birds to your garden or composting area completing a crucial food cycle


 

Do’s:

Meat (bone, fat, shell)

Fruits/vegetables (everything)

Paper towels (as long as there is no cleaning product, especially anti-microbial)

Dry herbs/spices

Hair (human or pet)

Dryer lint (pick out bits of synthetics)

Coffee/tea (grounds, paper pouches, liquid, filters)

#7 compostables if approved (sometimes #7 plastics are biodegradable and not compostable)

Milk and Dairy

Compostable cutlery and plates (My piles get hot)

Newspapers, scrap sheet, cardboard

 

Don’ts:

Antimicrobial and cleaning products

Receipts (they have plastic dust coating them)

Stickers, especially on produce

Junk mail/glossy inserts

Plastic ties found on produce (pineapple ties etc)

Rubber band

Straws

Staples

Pet litter/animal litter

Paper plates/bowls/cups/containers with plastic lining (do the stretch test)