garden insects

Beetroot getting chomped

I recently took a big step after much procrastination and decided to build/plant a veggie garden. It was a bit of work but has proven really rewarding. I’ve followed some friendly advice from the Internet and that of some local gardening enthusiasts and so far it’s working out pretty well. The only snag I’ve hit thus far is an infestation of big black ants which have taken a particular liking to my beetroot (something I was personally looking forward to chomping).

I’m keen to avoid any chemicals and have thus far only taken two measures to protect my plants: As suggested by a mate I planted basil in and around my other veggies and I’m spraying the plants with garlic water (sounds like something out of Dracula!).