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Ants on my veg patch

They don't bother me too much but I just wondered will they cause damage, i.e. will they eat the seeds / veg and do I need to take action?  If I need to take action, what is best, i.e. Bird / animal friendly - it doesn't matter about my dogs as they cant get on the veg patch but for other wildlife?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,104

    Just hoe the soil surface regularly between the rows of seedlings, and water the seedlings if needed.  They'll only do damage if they build a nest under your plants, and if you keep the soil tilled they'll move on. 

    Well, that's my experience anyway image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    Nature and gardening should go together, it works really well. Too often the balance is disturbed by us.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    That's fine and sort of what I wanted to hear.  I know I'm a bit squeamish but don't mind ants, I was more bothered about them ruining my hard work but if they are ok there then that's fine with me image 

    Thank you.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I lifted up one of the paving stones before (on the veg patch that I use for walking on and dividing the sections) and there were LOADS so I think there may be a nest under there, they were definitely making their way backwards and forwards from there anyway!

    Still ok to leave as it's not on/near the roots of the plants or does that need something doing with it?

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