Kids’ Valley Garden

Sandy Soil

Sandysoilis made of larger, gritty particles that don’t stick together well. It’s much easier to dig than claysoiland it warms up more quickly because it has better aeration (air flow) which will allow you to plant earlier. Because it is looser than claysoilit letsmoistureand nutrients flow through it too easily which means sandysoilcan become acidic.

  • Plants will quickly dry out and be undernourished if thissoilisn’t properly conditioned.
  • Improving sandysoilis simply a matter of adding enough organic matter or compost to holdmoistureand add nutrients.
  • Put 6 inches (15 cm) of sandysoilon top or underneath a bed of organic matter. It’s not important that it decompose because its purpose is to holdmoistureand nutrients.
  • Mixing in raw sawdust is a good, long-lastingsoilconditioner but make sure it comes from wood that hasn’t been chemically treated.
  • If you have a large an area to condition try trench composting or growing your plants in a hay garden.

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