Slime Mold

Slime mold
Squash base covered by slime mold.

Fuligo septica

Found slime mold at the base of the crookneck squash.

I usually see it only in the compost or woodchip piles.

They feed on microorganism that live in dead plant material, which makes it an ecological decomposer.

I dug this new section in the garden in late spring, so I expected this natural change.

You can read more about slime mold on the

University of Minnesota Extension website

Canada Crookneck plant
Plant 4 days after finding slime covering the base

Leaves now actually look healthier.

By Joanne McKinnon

Indie author and publisher. Artist and gardener.