It's been awhile since my last update, and I'm sad to report that the fungus gnats seem to be winning in my battle against them.
All plants are covered with a layer of DE that I keep dry by scooping it over to the side when I water. (Boy, has that turned watering into an inconvenience!) But, still the stupid things are thriving and my plants are not.
We even tried getting some carnivorous plants from Taobao. The gnats love hiding in the peat moss of the carnivorous plants, but unfortunately, the carnivorous plants aren't attracting many gnats to actually eat.
The soybeans weren't improving and started harbors go more gnats, so I finally thre them out last weekend.
Everything else is still kicking but not overly happy or big, with the exception of the basil plant, which doesn't seem to mind its fungus gnat neighbors.
Oh, and I finally picked out the random plant that had sprung up in the kale pot because it started looking a bit weed like and didn't resemble anything edible.
So, this season, I think we're only going to get to enjoy the green beans we already harvested and some basil leaves. I'm going to try to keep growing them all until the fall to see what happens, but I'm not holding my breath.
Matt also suggested trying to put the plants outside on our balcony so that there are more natural predators (aka spiders...) to take care of the fungus gnats. Our balcony is super tiny, so I might try it with just 1 plant & see how it does.