Sorry, folks. This is going to be a grumpy post. Stupid, stinky fire ants have taken over my beautiful raised garden bed. I've been fighting them off for about a week now. The peppermint oil spray helped with the aphids, but the ants don't seem to mind it at all. I even tried pulling leaves from the lavender and mint plants and placing them on and around where the ants were congregating. Nothing. This morning I found a large mound in that corner of the box, right around one of my tomato plants (which has little baby Romas on it . .. . YAY!). I'm not concerned for the plants (the ants don't seem to do anything but eat other bugs in the area, but I can't let my kids freely dig up our radishes, and even I don't want to dig around in there even with gloves. A friend suggested oatmeal or grits, which I've heard either kills them or does nothing but provide more food for them. Since I'm already feeding them, I figured it was worth a shot, so I have oatmeal back there and a backup box of grits ready to go. Anyone have suggestions in case those don't work either?