White mold on vegetables

Asked May 5, 2020, 1:33 PM EDT

My, cukes, squash, pumpkin and peas have been hit with white mold the past 2 years. I decided to start a new garden spot, but wondering if I can use the old for flowers or plants not susceptible to the mold? Does the mold live in the soil? Should I avoid tilling the soil? Any suggestions and advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!

Hubbard County Minnesota

1 Response

The mold does live in the soil and it overwinters and keeps getting worse in susceptible crops. It likes cool moist conditions. I doubt that tilling will make much difference. There are fungicides that can be useful. Planting flowers that are not susceptible would work. However, many flowers are also affected. See: https://extension.umn.edu/plant-diseases/white-mold-garden