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11/3/19 11:22 A

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Ants are my nightmare! All reservations go out the window when dealing with them. I completely agree with the suggestions for your yard and garden but the nest itself which you say is not in your yard, I'd go all out. I had a repeated problem with ant nests in front of my townhouse. I used a spray foam can with an applicator like a straw than you put down the ant hole. It was the only thing that was really effective. Kills them in their nest. I didn't use it anywhere near my garden. Not the organic route but I didn't have ants marching up and down my sidewalk.

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11/3/19 6:18 A

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Stir in some dry pennyroyal or rosemary essential oil into your cornmeal

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Scattering cucumber peels around the hills but not the business ones. Also corn meal, they take it back to nest, they invest it and it expands and they explode. These do work and the numbers will go down but keep doing it when you see new ones.

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Diatimous earth is good for ant hills or to control them sprinkle generously and you will probably need to do it after a good rain. It is volcanic dust and it kills the ants by cutting them. It is completely organic and it works




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I'm going to rebuild and restart a new raised bed system with half-sized cinder blocks and mortar instead of cedar planks in a kit. I want to start this winter, to prep the ground (on good days) and get some good outdoor exercise while reading up on what to plant and do for seeds (and make sure there's plenty of dirt in there as it settles)

My biggest concern with the beds (and anything I do in the yard) is the ant beds. thanks to rain and my plans to restart my first failed bed project, there's a huge ant-hill that's scaled the wall--so to speak--and ended up in my garden bed. I've been fighting against ant hills around my beds since day 1 and it's really annoying.

Is there some method you've used to keep the ants away from beds and fruit trees that have helped you? I'm hoping for something I can put out as a deterrent or make or spray that won't harm the plants (or get harmful pesticides everywhere) or the soil. there's so much stuff out there for just killing ants that I'm not sure how good it is for the soil itself and the plants around it.

I sure don't wanna kill my garden--I'm hoping to be self-sufficiently eating out of it starting in the spring or summer.

I've got a crazy schedule and i'm not going to actually start digging and re-making the beds for at least another few weeks, so there's time to figure things out. I just wanna give this raised bed system the best possible start.

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