Ants & strawberries

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Sue G

Ants & strawberries

The kids have planted themselves strawberry plants in window boxes.
During the day i move them onto the table so they get lots of sunshine, only trouble is the ants.

How do we keep the ants off the plants.

The other week i found the rosemary bush i had planted in a huge tub had died, the ants had made a nest in the tub and killed off the plant.

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sam from worthing

ants and strawberry

I would go for the companion planting option.

lettuce helps, borage - if you can find the seed or better still a growing plant, grow french beans broad beans very nearby, even marigolds. or you could try soaking a piece of cardboard in sugared water and leaving it about 4-5 inches away from your strawberry pot - obviously will need renewing after rainfall.

as for your rosemary, i am not sure they are really any good in a pot - for longevity, unless in a fairly deep container with nice sandy light dirt - not too peaty or overly composted, they are perfect for the ground (unless of course you only have access to a balcony or small patio, then and survive in very VERY dry conditions, just like a lavendar - they seem to thrive on neglect and drought. unless thats also a problem your watering him toomuch? just keep him snipped back every now and again so flowers don;t form, or snip when the flowers do form.....leave your cuttings in the soil to repel other critter bugs.

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Sue G

Ants

Thanks Sam,

Strawberries have to stay in the window boxes, due to two small dogs either digging everything up or eating them.

As for my rosemary plant, i had it for two years and was really healthy. It was only when it started to die and i thought of moving it into a brighter spot, that when i noticed it was full of ants, there were hundreds of them pouring out of the bottom of the pot.

Thanks

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JaneMR

Ants

I've had lots of problems with ants in pots - they do kill the plant off and then of course there is the dreaded Vine weevil.

I like to empty the entire pot out onto a plastic ground sheet and go indoors to watch the birds clear out all the maggots/larvae/ants. It can be quite comical as the ants appear to bite the birds' legs judging from the hopping around they do, but it doesn't put them off and at this time of year it helps feed the babies. That night I re-pot the plant using the same soil. Keeping it fairly damp can help with the ants.

 
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