Mint seed failure; ants in the pot
I recently planted a "mix" of mint (curly, peppermint and spearmint) seeds in a rectangular pot. I planted them on January 1 at the same time as garlic chives (in another pot) and oregano (also potted separately). The chives are growing like gangbusters but neither the oregano nor the mint have even sprouted though the time period is even shorter (8-12 days).
My big concern is the mint because when I move the pot, ants stream out of the hole in the bottom of the pot. I have the pot in a mostly shady area and after doing some research started keeping the water really wet (last week so about 10 days after planting) as I was told that ants hate the soggy soil but that the mint loves it.
I guess my question is, is it possible that the ant infestation has destroyed the seeds? Have I been doing the right thing in keeping the soil really wet? Or do I just need to scrap this and start over.
thanks very much.
Ps -- I'm new at this so I apologize for my "lay" word usage.