The compost on top of Tulip's soil is maintaining moisture better than anything I've put in that tent.
I have purple basil seeds I want to grow out, so I may test out a few ratio of compost to my original soil with it. I may also just use that bin as a outdoor planter. It retains it's moisture very well, but feels fluffy and gives easily when it's not cold.
If nothing else I'll be growing with other plants to get a feel for the ideal soil for my environment. If nothing else I'll be giving dwc a try next grow or even just for my herb garden. It all depends. I've found that Basil repels fruit flies and I haven't seen a fungus gnat in awhile.
I may have finally found the main nest. I added a cup with mosquito bits, water, ghost pepper, and sugar in the area and a few weeks later not a single one in sight. Surprisingly fruit flies also die in this mix.
I'm finally much more comfortable once I got the main chunk of them gone. Just motivation to grow more cilantro, Basil, garlic, and garlic chives. Best part is they all help nearby plants and smell nice. Well cilantro smells like soap, but mixed with basil and garlic it makes it much better overall.
Tulip is not looking that stressed at all really. I'm not sure what to train her with though. TBH tying hemp wick is irritating and I'd rather something less prone to digging into the stem.
Zelda is doing pretty good after her pruning and is focused on growing out the existing leaves I left on her. They all got much wider and fatter looking. Like what they should be looking like, but not quite there yet. Her soil dries out faster, so I have to get used to them not all being on the same watering schedule.
So far it's been a month since I last mixed up fertilizer for the plants as I've been working on the soil. Any nutrients they are getting come in the soil or from the compost I added to fix the soil structure and water retention.