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#1 Wed 09 Jan 13 4:09am

FatJ

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(gardening)potatos and ants

I have a  experience of plant potato.
I'm not mean to plant them, but the potatos are buddubg in my refrigerator, I don't want to waste them , so I plant them in my office's balcony(second floor), and I have gave nutriment, water, and let them in the sunshine, 2 weeks after......so many ants there....
Is it need to change the clay?

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#2 Wed 09 Jan 13 9:51am

hippytea

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

Is there any sign of growth? Perhaps the potatoes have died and the ants are eating them.

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#3 Wed 09 Jan 13 10:28am

FatJ

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

hippytea wrote:

Is there any sign of growth? Perhaps the potatoes have died and the ants are eating them.

Yup, I can see the bud and root.
The bud are white and purple on top.
Are those ants attract by the starches?

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#4 Thu 10 Jan 13 6:45am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

The ants will have made a nest in your plant pot. If you can take it outside and put the whole pot into a bowl of water, or a tub! You'll see the ants came racing out to save themselves from drowning. Once they are all gone you can drain it and take it inside again. cool

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#5 Thu 10 Jan 13 10:24am

FatJ

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

JoyYamDaisy wrote:

The ants will have made a nest in your plant pot. If you can take it outside and put the whole pot into a bowl of water, or a tub! You'll see the ants came racing out to save themselves from drowning. Once they are all gone you can drain it and take it inside again. cool

cool.
But how can farmer avoid ants?

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#6 Thu 10 Jan 13 11:13am

hippytea

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

If there are ants in your area, I don't think you can avoid them, but that soaking idea sounds like a good one!

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#7 Thu 10 Jan 13 11:15am

FatJ

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

Thanks for all suggestions.

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#8 Thu 10 Jan 13 12:17pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: (gardening)potatos and ants

FatJ wrote:

But how can farmer avoid ants?

Farmers have to be on the watch for all sorts of insects. I recognized your problem because I often have ants deciding to make a nest in one of my plant pots. It is nice and safe and stable for them, and if it gets a bit dry they really love it. I soak to get rid of them and then I am careful to keep the soil more moist.

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