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hi, i have been clearing my paved front yard and putting everything from there on the first compost heap on our new land, along with household scraps, sawdust cat litter and cardboard. there was a lot of ivy in the mix - is this a bad idea? as the heap is new there will be no heat in it for a while. will the ivy just root and install itself on the land? i don't like burning things if they can be composted.
 
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If you add some chicken manure, coffee grounds or other high nitrogen, your pile should heat adequately. I've recieved a steam burn from a pile that was set up that way. The bulk of the material was maple leaves which wouldn't have produced much heat on their own.

This thread examines the horrors of ivy and other invasives - Invasive species – business Here's the link http://www.permies.com/t/10624/plants/Invasive-species-business

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The ivy that I have known seems to enjoy a nice hot compost heap
One way I've killed it was to lay it out on black plastic in the sun for a couple of weeks. And I was still scared putting it in the compost after that!
But you're going into winter...
 
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