Why do the plants in the corner of my garden die off much sooner than the rest of the plants?

My garden is behind my garage and, for the most part, has few problems. It gets lots of sun, so I am puzzled as to why the plants in one corner never do well. They turn whitish, almost frosty looking, and die off sooner than the rest of the garden. What's going on?
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From what you describe, it sounds as if you have a powdery mildew problem in your garden. I suspect that poor air circulation may be the culprit. In places such as corners of yards where fences meet buildings or in spots where plants are close together, the air circulates poorly, leaving the surfaces moist. When the plants stay damp, there's more of a chance for disease organisms to stake their claim. One way you can tell if this is the problem is to stand in various parts of your garden on a breezy day. Hold a stick with a lightweight piece of material tied to it and watch how the material moves in the wind. I'll guess there's little breeze, even on a windy day, in the part of your garden you describe. If that's the case, you might try planting disease-resistant varieties in that corner.

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