My garden has sand soil and used to be just grass, never a garden, until I moved in and started one. I simply dug up grass and turned the soil by hand and then started mixing in compost. The first year everything seemed fine (meaning it has some ants but didn't seem too much). This year, I feel, they may be trying to take over. Before I start to combat them, I need to know.....Are ants harmful to the garden? If they are, why?
Then, if they are harmful, then what is the best way to take care of this problem? I heard that by spreading around Cayenne pepper on the soil can help get rid of ants. Is this true? Does the pepper do anything to the veggies and fruit? Thank you for your time and much needed help!