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I’ve got a 3×3 living soil bed w/ coots mix and a bunch of ground cover and cedar wood chips. I’ve inoculated w/garden giant mushrooms and their fungi is everywhere and I’ve already got some helpful predator mites in there. I’ve put so much effort into making this little ecosystem that I’m terrified it’ll get invaded and want to protect it!

Anyone ever use a praying mantis or two in the grow? I was wondering if it’d be worth keeping one around. Any idea if it will feed off/ruin my predator mites? Or maybe come to some population equilibrium? The grow is in a sealed room so no worries about them escaping into the house. Anyone ever done this before? Recs?

I’m also considering rove beetles but praying manti are sooooo cool…