How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally, In the Garden

Some gardeners must hate ants because they are constantly talking about natural ways to get rid of them in the garden. If you thought home remedies are popular for things like slugs or weeds, it doesn’t compare to the number of solutions available for getting rid of ants naturally.

A lot of research has been done on fire ants, and for good reason. They bite and sting and their sting is painful.

What does the science tell us about controlling ants outside? Let’s have a closer look at natural home remedies for getting rid of ants.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally, In the Garden
How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally, In the Garden, photo by Brian Mai

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Is Copper Sulfate in Miracle-Gro Fertilizer Toxic?

Some types of Miracle-Gro fertilizer are a blue color due to the addition of copper sulfate. But copper sulfate is toxic to microbes and fungi. Several online sites and videos are now claiming that it makes the fertilizer toxic and should never be used because it kills soil microbes. Are they right?

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Copper sulfate crystals are blue giving the fertilizer its distinctive color, source: Depositphotos

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Leek Moth on Garlic: Identification, Prevention, and Control

Garlic crops are now at risk from the destructive leek moth, a pest known for causing significant damage and reducing yields. If you’re noticing holes in your garlic leaves or frass (insect excrement), you might be dealing with this moth. It’s crucial to identify and prevent these pests early on to ensure a healthy and bountiful garlic harvest.

The leek moth also attacks onions and leeks and the information in this post also applies to these crops.

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Leek moth damage on garlic scape and upper leaves, source: U. of Vermont

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Vinegar is Now the Active Ingredient in Roundup

Roundup is a household name in gardening and farming communities. Initially known for its glyphosate-based formula, it has evolved into a product line with various formulations. This article provides an overview of different Roundup products, with a focus on the new vinegar-based Roundup and its possible use in organic gardening.

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Does Core Aeration on Lawns Work?

Walking on your lawn compacts the soil which in turn grows poor lawn grass. The solution is simple. Aerate your lawn. Aeration is claimed to loosen the soil, reduce compaction, reduce thatch and grow better grass. But is this really true?

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Core aeration does not work as well as claimed in this drawing, source: Depositphotos

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Traditional Spring Lawn Care is Done Wrong

Lawn care is an important part of a gardeners job but there are several myths surrounding this work. What should you do, and not do, to your grass in spring?

In this post I will look at lawn maintenance for temperate climates that grow cool growing types of grass.

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Mowing height is important for proper lawn care, source: Depositphotos

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Dealing with Voles and Moles

Voles or moles – which one is damaging your lawn and garden? They can be tricky to get rid of but before you do anything, figure out which you have and understand these interesting animals better.

Once you understand the problem you can look for the right solution. I’ll discuss some options in this post.

Mole and vole lawn damage, by Tuff Turf Mole Busters
Mole and vole damage to lawns, by Tuff Turf Mole Busters

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How To Fertilize Tomato Plants

Discussions about fertilizing tomatoes is mostly about selecting the right NPK and rarely discusses the amount to use. When quantity does come up, most comments suggest following the instructions on the box. But are the instructions on the box correct? Are the instructions complete enough so that you can apply the correct amount?

This post will compare some commercial products to see what they suggest and then I’ll compare that to reliable agricultural recommendations to see how much fertilizer gardeners should be using to grow great tomatoes.

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How much fertilizer should you add? source: Depositphotos

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Best Fragrant Plants to Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a pain for every gardener, and over the years a number of plants have been recommended to repel mosquitoes.  Almost all of these plants are fragrant and include such things as catnip, citronella grass, beebalm, marigolds, lemon balm, lavender, geraniums, thyme, wormwood, rosemary and various mints. If you plant these in your garden you will have less mosquitoes – or so the proponents claim.

Will plants growing in your garden or on your deck keep mosquitoes away?

Mosquitoes Repelled By Fragrant Plants
Mosquitoes Repelled By Fragrant Plants, Source: Sanofi Pasteur

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Pros & Cons of Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Kratky, Aerogardens

Hydroponics is becoming much more popular with home gardeners and there are a number of different systems including regular hydroponics, aeroponics, kratky hydroponics and indoor hydroponic gardens such as AeroGardens and LetPot. This post will examine the differences between these systems and provide a pros and cons list for each one. Armed with this information you will be able to select the right one for your situation.

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The LetPot aerogarden hydroponic system

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How to Grow Great Tasting Food

Gardeners spend hours growing a few tomatoes simply because it’s the only way to get a truly great tasting tomato. What can you do in the garden to make your food taste even better?

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Learn to grow great tasting food

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