Here's irony for you. Just purchased a CASE of patchouli, not one of my favorites either, but drives Dale mad, so..... Now I have this whole mess of it, something I resisted purchasing for years, and I won't need it. I'll need to find someone who does like it and gift it away. I guess that person won't be you, will it Rad?The gnats are out of sight, out of mind.
They were crawling all over the soil yesterday, little shiny glimmers, but no fliers.
Today, none to be seen.
I am NOTa fan of patchouli. Walking to the UC Berkeley campus (pre-teen) in the 60s, every friggin store smelled like that awful patchouli incense. Walking into HR Puffin' Stuff on High Street in Oakland, the ONLY head shop I saw before 1980, I winced at the patchouli smell. 2005 hippy revival shops in Cambridge Mass, still don't like the smell.
I have burned a lot of incense in my life, but never more than a 1/2 inch of patchouli.
I noticed today that there wasn't a single gnat crawling or flying in my tent. It's been two weeks or more ? since I applied the neem meal top dress. I know they can be a nuisance, but I really believe that this soil mix works right past the gnats. I never saw any detrimental effects on any of my LOS plants from the gnats.Hey! Thanks for the encouraging words.
It's nice to have the grow stable to where, some nights, I spend 5 minutes trending to the girls needs.
I usually spend over an hour, but they are ok with a nightly quickie.
Big Bertha had a couple of leaf spots last night. They looked like they might be from a tunneling, sap sucking pest. I'll look under a loupe and apply some neem oil on them tonight. I decided to wait and see if they grew or spread. I hope that was a good call.
I have fungus gnats being born in the newest soil. You'd think they'd die in the bagged compost for months. Hardly like buggers. I'm not worried, the girls just ignore them, grow taller, and wait for them to die off. With a perpetual grow, and adding small amounts of new soil every couple of weeks, fungus gnats may be a perpetual nuisance. If I can get a regular harvest of worm castings, gnats should go away. I probably won't every produce enough worm castings for topping soil and new soil. So gnats are still on the menu.
With the Clackamas Coot style living soil (thanks to you and COorganics,)Damn Rad! Absolutely stunning! Good grief, you're good at coaxing beauty out of your charges. Feels good to be there again, eh?