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?