I finished weeding a little spot in our yard for some vegetable plants today. Kaia helped. She has been so very excited to plant lettuce, peas, and carrots there. We began our evening with a quick run around the block so we would have time to pull the last few weeds and plant our little seeds. The weather was gorgeous. The seeds called. It was exciting. It was perfect.
I thought it would be helpful to spread a little fresh topsoil on the plot...it's about 3' x 4'. I dragged a bag out of the garage, only to discover it was bark. I wasn't worried, though, because I had a partially used bag in the back yard at the edge of the grass. Perfect isn't gone yet.
But I should have known better. A partially used bag of fresh, soft, undisturbed topsoil. Have I mentioned we live in Houston?
I dumped the soil out and shook it around the little plot. Seconds later, I think I stopped breathing. At least for two seconds. The soil was moving. Literally. It was full of Fire Ants.
"Don't worry," I told Kaia. "I can fix it!" I brought Amdro over to the scene. Kaia jumped happily and celebrated our new plan. She's had some bad experiences with Fire Ants. Never one to be too cautious, though, I decided to read the label before applying.
"Do not use near crops." The celebration ended. Perfect fell apart pretty quickly. Harry was crying too. He was ready for bed.
We came inside, ate dinner, and put Harry to bed. I browsed the internet for ideas to kill Fire Ants in gardens. I told Kaia my new plan: boiling water and Ace Hardware. They have to have something. She handled it very well. Better than me. I feel like boiling water.
If any of you are southern gardeners, I would love some ideas for getting rid of Fire Ants in a garden. It's a small area, so I'm hoping the boiling water will work. I won't have a car that I can take to Ace until Thursday. Did I say Grrrrr? I should have thought better.