Solving small problems
The ants are filing into my house, one by one. Big black ones. The little red ones were entering about a month ago.
Now ants are important in the garden: they pollinate flowers and are needed for Peonies to open. So unless they are building a big anthill right in the middle of your garden, don't kill them.
If you do need to do so, there are a couple of methods that are reasonably safe to use. To kill them in the house, mix 1 tablespoon of sugar (icing sugar melts easiest) and 1 tablespoon of Borax with 2 tablespoons of water to make a thick syrup. Borax can be bought in the laundry section and is good for many things. Soak cottonballs in this mixture and place the cottonballs on something flat like a can lid so that ants can get to it. Place them where the ants are making a trail in your house. The ants will eat and take it back to the nest, killing the nest inhabitants gradually. Have patience. Keep out of the reach of children and animals.
If you have a big ant hill, pour boiling water on the top. Leave for a few minutes and then dig the top off and pour boiling water on the next level. Continue to do this until the colony is dead. This is faster than the Borax solution. But the Borax method is better for those ants coming into your house.
Another small problem that I am going to tackle are the weeds at the entrance to my driveway. Now for those that know me, I have "weeds" all over the place. Most of them are wildflowers, you know that the definition of a weed is a plant growing where you don't want it.
I have built up the entrance to my driveway, but the Chicory is growing through the new gravel. If I had a water softener, I would use the salt solution from it to pour on the weeds. Since I don't, I will make a salt solution out of pickling salt.
I am planting some asparagus roots in an area that had wildflowers. Now they are weeds and I am digging them out. I am not using the salt method because I don't want to poison all that soil. However, some of my wildflowers have great root systems. In fact, most native plants have good root systems. The Virginia Waterleaf, Goldenrod and Honewort are the main culprits. They are all going in the compost but the violets are being transplanted. Some grasses and sedges need lots of loosening to get all their roots.
Since my soil is quite rocky, I am removing stones and rocks at the same time. My friends think I am a little crazy with my rocks. I sort them by size and use them in different places. The small ones fill pot holes in the lane; the medium ones make paths; the large ones edge the paths. Why not? Reuse!