The Garden Party
Every week I email a gardening question to the panel of experts at BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Garden Party and then eagerly listen to the programme the following day, scribbling down the gems of information they kindly offer. Once again I would like to share their advice with you.
Today I lifted up the piece of carpet I keep on top of my compost bin to find an ants nest underneath, including lots of eggs and winged ants getting ready to fly…
I realise this is as a result of the compost being too dry (feel free to slap my wrist) but could the team advise me what to do with this thriving community? I’ve left the carpet up to allow the winged ones to get out, but what do I do with the rest? Are they doing any harm?
The Garden Party experts’ answer:
I wouldn’t think they’re doing any harm at all. They’re actually beneficial because they’re aerating the bin by creating channels and if you lift the top off you’re bound to get the birds come in and clean the surface… but Bridget it’s too DRY!!
Ian is right, if anything they’re helping to break down the compost. I wouldn’t bother leaving the carpet up either because the winged ants will find their way out without your help!
I think the great thing is live and let live anyway …and I don’t think they’re doing that much harm at all.