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We worked really hard on our composte pile this year, and it turns out that it is full of poison ivy. Is it still good? What to do to treat it? I'm pretty new to gardening!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
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Is it that you put poison ivy in your compost along with garden waste, or is it growing in your compost?<br><br>
I think people who are good at composting would tell you that if it cooks as high as it's supposed to, the poison ivy should be killed off, and all's well. But in my personal experience, my compost piles haven't gotten hot enough, so I get things like tomato seeds everywhere and suchlike. IOW, <i>I</i> would probably throw it out so I don't inadvertently spread poison ivy everywhere. But you should have plenty of grass clippings and leaves to add right now, so you will be able to rebuild.<br><br>
Maybe someone who's better at getting their pile nice and hot can give you better advice.
 

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I have gotten poison oak growing in a pile (I put the pile in a bad place) & I abandoned the pile rather than chance spreading it. I don't care how hot it gets inside, I'm not taking the chance. Of course my piles don't get particularly hot as I am a lazy composter . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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you might be able to pull the poison out and use the rest if you screened it. kind of a lot of work for you, but you better do something about that poison or you'll just have a beautifully fertilized crop and a really nice patch of it like i do :LOL!
 

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personally, I would pull up the poison ivy by the roots, throw it away, and use the compost. But I'm not allergic to it. I do have to put my gardening gloves somewhere DH won't accidentally touch them, because he is terribly sensitive to poison ivy/oak.
 
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