Leslie feeds the world…

Sep 15, 2008

So, I put out lettuce seeds last week. We've had cloudy, rainy weather, so perfect for these seeds to quickly germinate on their own without my intervention. Right? Well...some patches germinated...only on certain sides of the two beds I seeded. Hmmm, that's weird...something is not right. So I figured my seed must be old and thew out a new batch of 'Black Seeded Simpson' lettuce while working in the garden. I happen to pass by the spot about 30 minutes later and look down to see what appears to be tiny white specks traveling along in the same direction.


As I peer closer, I realize it's my lettuce seeds! An army of tiny ants have discovered my seeds are carrying them one by one up to the corner of the cedar bed and dropping them into the crevace between the posts...where they have apparently built a nest. No wonder my lettuce wasn't germinating! So I watched these little guys systematically carry off every single lettuce seed that'd hit the ground. Sigh....if it's not the squirrels..it's the ants. Namaste my little ant friends...Namaste. Enjoy your dinner!

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Sep 15, 2008
3:28 pm

That’s too funny!!  We had a similar thing happen with our carrots. One day there were little sprouts, the next day NOTHING!  We found our culprit to be a lone, tiny slug laying in the corner of the carrot bed… we could almost hear him belch…

One trick we used for our lettuce this year was planting it in hanging baskets.  Seemed to work against all manner of pests.

Sep 15, 2008
6:45 pm

For me it is usually the slugs that keep one spot empty. I’ve never seen my ants do that.

Sep 16, 2008
1:53 am

Durn varmints! Nice of you to send them on their way with a blessing. Are you going to replant and defend the seeds somehow?

Sep 18, 2008
11:44 am

Wow! Selfish little ants.

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