I’m a gardener sort of struggling in the Berkshires. The current seemingly insurmountable problem is biting red ants. They are worse than ever this year. I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve tried to ignore them in the past and they’ve multiplied or whether the rainy weather has helped them thrive. Or both. They are just about everywhere on my 1/3 acre – not so much in open grass, but under rocks in borders, in the raised asparagus bed, in the the raised strawberry patch . . . A lot of the property is naturally very wet. I took to wearing rubber boots which they won’t (can’t) climb on so I prevented them from climbing up my legs and biting, but I’m still getting bitten on my arms and hands! It seems lately I work until I get bitten and then I go in for the day. Not a pleasant end to a gardening session. Of course I’d like an organic solution. Toby
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.