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Ants better than Chemicals

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:49 pm    Post subject: Ants better than Chemicals Reply with quote

See http://t.co/tARpU4u7bw.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting. We have a lot of ants in our vegetable garden, poly tunnels and woodland garden. I hadn't really thought about their specific benefits, I just feel that everything has it's place in nature and the less we interfere the easier it is for nature to come to the right natural balance. So I just let them be. I think so many things are like this, holding hidden benefits that are not obvious at first.
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