Archive for September, 2011

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Finally by September, the okra seeds I sowed in May in the intensive, raised beds garden made it..  It had to deal with deer attacks, lack of space and shade.  But now, it sprang up to about 6 feet, developed many lateral branches, flower buds, and all together looks very healthy.

At this point, the ants came.  They were covering the flowers  and marching up and down the stem.  I did not like that at all.  I found out that there are a few organic solutions.

These are the methods one can use:

Sprinkle ground cinnamon on the ground and leaves.

Sprinkle Equal sugar substitute, it is supposedly deadly to ants. Checking the plants 24 hours later, I see that it did not work.

Spread coffee grinds around the plant.

Mix one cup of sugar with one cup of Boric Acid and spread around the plant.

I chose to first experiment with Equal.  I sprinkled it on the flowers and at a few spots were there is a noticeable ants infestation. I will check the results by the end of the day.

Today, I am trying the coffee grinds around the Okra plants, because the Equal did not work.  The ants are still in full force.


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