Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ants Are Gardening Assets

© Donna L. Watkins
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Ant Carrying a Meal

Not many people think of ants as a blessing.  They comes in such large numbers that one could feel a bit overwhelmed.  Especially if they've begun to climb up your pants leg.  They are especially not welcome when they invade the kitchen at the pet food bowl, or find something on the counter to invite the whole clan to.

As a result of these experiences we tend to think of ants as pests, but there’s more to them than you might think!  Did you know they harvest plant seeds and them plant them in the soil?  One of Virginia's most beautiful and treasured wildflowers, White Trillium ( Trillium grandiflorum), is a plant that benefits from the ants attention.   

Read more on this very interesting topic.

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