Advanced Veggies

Buchanan's will offer a free class in advanced vegetable gardening this Saturday morning.

By Robb Walsh January 22, 2014

Larry Washco is the vegetable guru at Buchanan's Native Plants in the Heights (611 E. 11th St., 713-861-5702). This Saturday at 10 a.m., he will hold a free class in vegetable gardening in the pavilion at the gardening store. Larry said the class would go beyond the basics of soils and seasons to explore more complicated issues.

I told him all about the disaster that's befallen my organic vegetable garden this year. My lettuce was wiped out by white mold for the third year in a row. Larry suggested I plant some root vegetables like onions or shallots that are less susceptible to fungus damage. He also suggested I look into soil amendments that might improve the drainage—like compost.

For the time being, I seem to have the mold under control. After the soil dried out, I watered with three tablespoons of dissolved bicarbonate of soda in a couple gallons of water. The idea is to change the PH level of the soil so the fungus can't thrive. But I will also take Larry's advice about what to plant in the affected area. Maybe I'll grow more garlic shoots; I hear they are excellent pickled.

I wonder if leeks would make it?

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