Vegetable garden disease

Asked July 16, 2017, 7:56 PM EDT

Greetings! I'm hoping that someone can identify what this is that is growing in my garden. I'm thinking it's some type of fungus but I've never seen anything like it. At first I thought it was egg clusters on my bean leaves but have now found it in several areas including my potatoes, winter squash, melons and even just the leaf mulch. I sprayed one area with neem oil which seemed to help or at least slow it's progression. I do try to garden organically so if this is treatable by natural means I would appreciate any advice you may have!

Thank you, Debra

Berrien County Michigan

1 Response

It is a type of slime mold. They are fungi that are basically using your plants as a substrate and not feeding on them. You probably have some heavy mulch and that is where they are coming from. Go to for an article on slime molds on turf grass.