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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 20 3:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thanks DPack, they are not quite there yet.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry, another question.

I have ants in my greenhouse, should I get rid of them or leave them alone?

Thanks

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that depends on what sort of ant they are.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they may be eating your pests or they may be farming aphids on your plants etc

do they bite? is a big criteria with me.

i normally co exist with wildlife but Argentinian ants get no mercy, they get brazing flux and icing sugar as a "treat"

approved ant powders are available but borax(as found in flux)and sugar used in focussed moderation, with consideration to reducing any by catch potential, is safe and effective

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are just small black ants DPack. They look like your common garden ones. I hope that helps?

I don't want to get rid unless they are going to affect my plants that I have in there.

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Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8827
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have ants in the greenhouse, we seem to muddle along together. They can make a lot of tunnels around the roots of the tomatoes which I think isn't ideal - but they dont like water and so it seems to resolve itself. Eventually there is a day when the greenhouse is full of flying ants.. and then we dont have a problem anymore

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

50 or so UK types

inform ant

base future action upon actionable intel

if they are "the common garden ant" they are probably a good thing

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6785
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 20 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Who knew there was so many common garden ants thanks DPack.

Thought I'd give you guys an update as to what I've been one with so far this year and pictures is always the best way. The raised beds I've created are going to be for salad stuff, a herb bed and I've let Mrs C have some for flowers. The greenhouse is now full operational.





gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6926
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 20 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tidy! (In both senses of the word! )
A good area of garden too.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 20 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

very nice and very practical to use

the right sort of flowers are flowers and or food/"medicine"

nasturtiums tick all three boxes, lavender as well etc.
many get two

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11980

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 20 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That looks good Sgt. Colon. You have been working hard to achieve all of that. Hope the crops admire it so much they grow well for you.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8638
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 20 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks excellent. I shall be showing Mr Shan what he *should* be building for me!!!!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 20 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My comfrey and nettle brew has been brewing for nearly a year now, am I okay to start using it? If yes, please cold you let me know what the mixture is? Is it like one cup full to a watering can?

Thanks

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ace, it will be ready

i tend to dilute by colour.

weak tea colour onto wet soil suits most things

heavy feeders such as squash or cucumbers strong tea onto wet soil

little and often is better that a massive dose rarely, too much or too strong can inhibit rather than promote good growth.

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