Interesting, which SIP system do you use? Definitely interested to check it out.Depends on the conditions, really. For someone living in Florida, or the mid-west where it's hot and humid, sure mexican landraces will be tough to grow. But, Mexican landraces specialize in just that, Mexico type weather where it's dry and hot weather. "dry heat" lol. SoCal will be great for growing any Mexican landrace.
I always thought BluMats were cool, but I've grown so fond of the SIPs that I'll do this instead of BluMats, no troubleshooting or any BS. Always perfect.
Regardless of the amount of soil, I'll always run 40% perlite going forward. I've had mixed results with the 1:1:1 ratio, but going 40% perlite in my mix has been game changing as fuck for me. I'll never do anything but 40% perlite going forward, SIP just makes it all the better.
Regarding 40% perlite, what differences did you see by running it?
(Also, why not try pumice? It breaks down a lot slower (or not at all?), maybe that would help with soil compaction after 1 year. I heard perlite breaks down pretty fast).
Hmm I think that is it... there are ton's of eggs in there, I always thought they were worm eggs. They're like little dessicant balls, they seemed pretty big for a mite egg. The mite eggs are literally as big as the fish eggs on sushi, like 0.5mm yea?Are you sure they're red spider mites and not the red predatory mites? You'll know they're predatory mites because the eggs will look similar to fish eggs, if you're a fisherman and/or sushi connoisseur. They literally look like fish eggs. I have those same red mites. If they were spider mites, you'd know. You'd have the damage and the webs. But, if you have no damage/webs, they're likely predator mites.
These look familiar?
I would be stoked if my worm bin came with beneficials, I wonder what those other people red mite were talking about. Supposedly there's a red one that feeds on the earthworms.