Ants, ants, ants!
A few months ago I added a couple of new star jasmine vines on trellis along a fence. They're doing beautifully, healthy and growing very well, but lately I've been finding some aphids on the new growth and lots of ants crawling on the vines and the trellis, probably farming the aphids.
I've been blasting them with water and spraying with organic insecticidal soap when I see them which has kept the aphids under control, but the ants keep coming back. I don't see any hills or a crazy amount on the sidewalks or elsewhere.
I know I won't get rid of the aphids until I get rid of the ants, but how? I've been trying to be a good little gardener this year, removing spent blooms elsewhere, feeding and watering and trimming, but the better I treat the plants the worse the insects. I read nitrogen attracts aphids so no more Miracle Gro or food.
Any suggestions for the ants? Thanks.