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My Organic Garden: The Lamb's Tongue Lettuce Got Slimed!


I thought the lamb’s tongue lettuce in my little backyard organic garden was doing great. Then the leaves all started falling over and dying. Then the the other lettuces on either side of the lamb’s tongue started shriveling. Thanks to my bad gardening practices, my lettuce crop was destroyed. I had to pull it all up.

The culprit was white mold. White mold thrives in crowded crops during cold wet conditions–to prevent it you need to thin your plants well and avoid overwatering. Boy did I get busted!

The nice folks at the Harris County Agricultural Extension Service office told me to let the soil dry out a little and plant something else there. The white mold lingers in the soil for quite a while. Can anybody suggest a Texas-hardy garden vegetable that’s immune to white mold that I could plant in this spot?

6 comments to My Organic Garden: The Lamb's Tongue Lettuce Got Slimed!

  • Several come to mind. Chives,Green onions,cilantro(cool weather crop here),mustards,collards and cabbage. It might be a little late for cabbage.I saw a recipe on Food Network for Collard Rolls. These sound right down your alley.

  • robbwalsh

    Thanks Roger! I may try curly mustard and cilantro.

  • chefspop

    I’m having good luck with black seeded lettuce this year (and last).

  • chefspop

    I’m having good luck with Simpsons black seeded lettuce this year (and last).

  • Hey Rob…mold and mildew in the garden is frustrating. Something you might try, if you don’t already know about it, is baking soda spray. If you catch the problem early enough the spray really helps knock out the problem before it gets out of hand.

    1 Tb. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. liquid soap
    2 – 3 tsp. ultra light horticultural oil
    1 gallon of filtered water

    NOTE: Some plants are sensitive to this mixture, so test the plant’s reaction before dousing everything.

    Put the baking soda mixture in a sprayer, agitate well, and spray your plants. Water the infected plants a couple of days before you spray, and do not apply in full sun–so early in the day is best.

    Disgard any unused mixture.

    Also, you might try solarizing the soil this summer to kill the pathogens in your garden bed.

    Good luck!

  • I have these in my garden too. I love organic gardens. I get most of my food from my little heaven. And to those molds: I will be watching you.