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Gardener desperate for advice after mistakenly allowing mold to persist in garden: 'I did not realize how bad that could be'

"When you want to replant, mix in fresh compost and some living soil from another healthy part of your garden."

"When you want to replant, mix in fresh compost and some living soil from another healthy part of your garden."

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A gardener's mold misstep has turned their once-thriving garden into a tale of horticultural horror, leaving them desperately seeking a way to root out the problem.

A concerned gardener has taken to Reddit for help after discovering mold wreaking havoc in their garden. The post gained attention on the r/gardening subreddit, with the gardener explaining their unfortunate situation and seeking guidance from the community.

"A couple years ago, I planted some potato seed that I had allowed to mold. There were a few moldy spots, and I thought, hmmm. It will probably be ok. I did not realize how bad that could be. No potato seed will grow in that bed, and I've tried to grow seedlings of watermelon there, only to have them all wilt and die. The deadening area is doubling each year," said the post.

The gardener's plea for advice highlights the urgency and desperation of their situation, emphasizing the rapid spread and detrimental impact of the mold.

Many Redditors chimed in with advice and support. One commenter suggested starting anew: "You could try solarizing the area with a black tarp or pond liner for a month or two. It kills everything. Then when you want to replant mix in fresh compost and some living soil from another healthy part of your garden to [reactivate] the biome."

This social media post underscores the importance of vigilant garden maintenance and prompt action when issues arise. Mold, if left unchecked, can decimate a garden, leading to significant plant loss and frustration for gardeners. The discussion also highlights the benefits of gardening and how issues like mold can be mitigated with proper knowledge and preventive measures.

Gardening offers numerous benefits, including saving money and time on lawn maintenance, conserving water, and creating a healthier ecosystem for pollinators, which ultimately benefits humans by protecting our food supply. 

One of the top recommendations is to rewild your yard by integrating native plants. These plants are naturally suited to your local climate and soil, needing less water and fewer pesticides, which can save you money and time and boost local wildlife. 

One commenter shared their success with native plants: "I planted native wildflowers in a barren spot on my property about 3 years ago. That barren spot is now the most lush area on my property. The soil is soo fertile and pliable."

Another excellent tip is to compost your yard waste, including weeds, to create nutrient-rich soil. Composting can reduce your household waste by up to 60% and provides free, natural fertilizer that's more eco-friendly than synthetic alternatives. Plus, using compost can enhance soil quality, leading to healthier, more productive plants.

With the right approach and community support, even the most daunting issues can be addressed, leading to a thriving, eco-friendly garden.

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