Do I need to worry?
I went out a while back to check on my huge T Rex Trough and I found ants! They were running by the hundreds when I pulled up a plant stake! Now what do I do?
I was just watering and thought “Oh, I should do an update post since it is looking so nice.” So I started clicking pictures. I picked up a plant marker so that wouldn’t show in the photo, and ants started pouring out! I could not believe it! AGAIN! Remember that spring I had them in a smaller trough? Post here.
I planted this large hypertufa landscape planter with high hopes that the plants would all do well. And it looks so good! All the plants seem to be doing well and I think it is due to the fact that this hypertufa is very deep. But maybe that also makes it attractive as a home for ants.
It’s not the same trough as I found ants in earlier, but I am so horrified that I would have this to do over again. And as you recall, the last time I finally dumped it and started over! I absolutely will NOT do that with this Huge Monster.
I call this hypertufa trough my T Rex Hypertufa because of its size. It is looking really good and has filled in nicely. In fact, I have a lot of plants to separate out and put into new troughs for the spring. Especially the wooly thyme. It is just wonderful. I want to pull off some cuttings and make more starts. It is a nice plant and I want more of it.
So I will try with the remedies again. Hydrogen peroxide? Cinnamon? Pepper? Corn meal? I had no luck last time, so I am not hopeful.
Gardening is so frustrating sometimes!
But I can’t help myself! I must garden! And I must make and plant more hypertufa! I guess my best option is to learn how to peacefully exist with the ants.
After all, they outnumber me, so they will win any battle.
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.