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#1 Tue 14 Feb 12 6:05pm

DarkMercury

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Aunties

Im currently growing blueberries in my back garden and theyre moving into their second year. Ive got my fertiliser, fungus spray and bug spray on guard. I was just wondering will ants benefit my plants or do more harm than good?

I know spiders and ladybirds are beneficial...

Should I eradicate those ant's nest this year lol?

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#2 Tue 14 Feb 12 6:17pm

mummza

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Re: Aunties

I cant understand why you called the thread 'Aunties' !

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#3 Tue 14 Feb 12 6:33pm

joobes

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Re: Aunties

I thought this was going to be about how many aunties we have  lol

As for ants ive never met a good one, i'd get rid.... hmm

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#4 Tue 14 Feb 12 9:49pm

ACDC

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Re: Aunties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqo0f-q_ … re=related

This popped into my head.
I've had blueberries growing in my garden in containers for a couple of years now, from time to time I would have ants, but never noticed any damage to the blueberries.

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#5 Tue 14 Feb 12 10:57pm

Pakman

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Re: Aunties

"Before deciding to get rid of these decomposers, it's worth seeing how they can benefit the process of decomposition in your compost pile."

http://www.gardens.com/soil-fertilizer- … t-bin.html


More on topic-
"Sprinkle a layer of powdered chalk -- such as used on sports fields -- around the base of the tree. Rub a handful on the base of the blueberry tree, as well, coming up approximately 4 to 6 inches. Ants will not cross a line of powdery substances, and the list includes talcum powder, used coffee grounds and baking soda. Replace as needed, especially after a rain."

http://www.ehow.com/how_8193515_keep-an … -tree.html

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#6 Tue 14 Feb 12 11:14pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Aunties

An ants nest is often a sign that the soil is very dry.


Just saying!

PS I remember when we had a new kid at school who came from part of England that pronounces 'aunties' like 'anties' . We didn't understand what he was talking about!
But thanks to him I do understand your thread title!  cool

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#7 Tue 14 Feb 12 11:16pm

DarkMercury

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Re: Aunties

ACDC wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqo0f-q_hRw&feature=related

This popped into my head.
I've had blueberries growing in my garden in containers for a couple of years now, from time to time I would have ants, but never noticed any damage to the blueberries.

Have you had any other damage to the blueberries then?
What varieties are you growing?

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#8 Tue 14 Feb 12 11:24pm

DarkMercury

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Re: Aunties

Pakman wrote:

"Before deciding to get rid of these decomposers, it's worth seeing how they can benefit the process of decomposition in your compost pile."

http://www.gardens.com/soil-fertilizer- … t-bin.html


More on topic-
"Sprinkle a layer of powdered chalk -- such as used on sports fields -- around the base of the tree. Rub a handful on the base of the blueberry tree, as well, coming up approximately 4 to 6 inches. Ants will not cross a line of powdery substances, and the list includes talcum powder, used coffee grounds and baking soda. Replace as needed, especially after a rain."



http://www.ehow.com/how_8193515_keep-an … -tree.html

I won't be allowing my bushes to fruit as yet.
Do they form relationships with pests?

Last edited by DarkMercury (Tue 14 Feb 12 11:46pm)

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#9 Wed 15 Feb 12 3:23pm

Pakman

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Re: Aunties

DarkMercury wrote:

Do they form relationships with pests?

Maybe if you turn the lights down low and put on some Barry White  smile

Some interesting chat here on the ant/blueberry subject.
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/loa … 15846.html

"Plant ant repelling plants in the area Plants like henbit, geranium, garlic, aster, calendula, chrysanthemum and mint are known to deter ants and other garden pests.   Planting these plants around the affected plant will help to keep ants away."
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problem … lowers.htm

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#10 Wed 15 Feb 12 3:45pm

mummza

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Re: Aunties

Pakman wrote:

DarkMercury wrote:

Do they form relationships with pests?

Maybe if you turn the lights down low and put on some Barry White  smile

lol  lol  lol  lol

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