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11/13/19 5:50 P

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Yeah, I wouldn't pour boiling water where it's going to hit the roots of my young plants, but now while you're preparing the beds and don't have your plants in, though it might work well. I know sticky traps wrapped around the trunk of fruit trees discourages the ants from marching up and down the trees. I've also heard that cedar mulch is unappealing to many ants just as cedar keeps moths out of your closets. Let us know how it goes!

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11/7/19 10:25 P

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I've done the boiling water trick on edging and cracks around my driveway and those garden timbers that bordered it. I haven't tried it where a bunch of plants would be because i'm not sure what it would do to the soil or how much it would affect nearby plants.

Worth a shot to investigate, though. Hmm...

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11/2/19 10:31 P

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Diatomaceous earth is good to use, but it has to be reapplied after a rain. Pouring boiling water directly on the ant hills can also help (I think I read before that with fire ants, you make a funnel to pour the water down into the opening of the ant hill, helps direct the water down instead of spreading over the top).
Reading online there were other suggestions like coffee grounds, corn meal, peppermint or leaves.
Some suggest drawing a line with chalk, saying ants won't cross it. I'm skeptical about that one, since the ants were crawling over all the chalk lines that my grandson had drawn all over my driveway. There's also powdered chalk that you get in hardware stores for snapping chalk lines, maybe being so loose it might work better.
Here's some links to some articles that may help:
www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/
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-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion

www.farmersalmanac.com/repel-ants-na
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rally-27673

www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/ant
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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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