I watered just now. I'm glad I did. The soil was so hydrophobic that I had to use 1 gallon just to get the soil hydrated. I'm not entirely sure if this soil was made to be dried out. I know it has peat moss in it.
I have it hydrated again. Now when I water it accepts the water right away. Before they were like a dry sponge in how they took to water. I'm not exaggerating either. Legitimately like how a dry sponge reacts to water. Initially hydrophobic and then hydrophilic after it gets some water in it. I just woke up and can't remember the fine details rn, but I believe it was something similar to if not capillary action.
I used the rest of the water I mixed the other day. It lasted 3 waterings exactly, which means I used around 1.25 liters each watering roughly.
I'm getting the nematodes on the 13th, so I can add them next watering. Let's see how the BTI helps for now. Before I even watered with it I saw less flyers after I put it on the soil yesterday.
I'm still waking up, so if I forgot to add anything I'll update later with it. If anyone has any advice on my next steps I'm listening.