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Pyrrhic Victory Against the Formicidae

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:08 pm

The war was devastating. The casualties, overwhelming. I lost a total of thirteen plants in the implementation of the battle plans against the ants. The basil, nasturtiums, most of the sweet potatoes and my beloved spider plant all perished in the catastrophe.

All that remains of my beautiful spider plant are three cuttings. Hopefully, they'll grow and outshine their predecessor. The lemongrass, tomato plant (not hopeful), geraniums, coleus, orange trees, snake plant, aloe vera, some sweet potato vines and African violets are all still here.

Next year, though, I'm growing peppers. They're more reliable. The tomatoes are very leggy and looks as though they've giving up. I wonder if there's an infiltration of ants in their pot?

The basil is completely wilted. I'm sure that the ants have been through that soil. It's turned up and loose to the touch and that's not how I initially planted it.

Oh well, at least I prevented the swarm from hell happening in my room. Not one flying ant has shown up in my room and, for that, I'm happy.

So, I will enjoy the few plants I have left and hope for better luck next year.

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