Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sandy Soil Dilemma

I spent a pleasant day at my trailer yesterday.
I was excited and all ready to start digging a perennial garden.

But to my surprise, the soil is all sand.
It should not be a surprise, considering I am only minutes away from the beach.
So I was a little stumped and will have to put planting on hold......for just a little bit anyway.

 I did however start a tiny little garden.
I emptied about three bags of soil I bought, into the tiny little garden....right on top of the sandy soil.
And there it will sit until I can figure out what will survive once their roots hit that sand.

So guess what I will doing today.......gathering info on what to plant in sandy soil.

 Any advise or suggestions?
We are in zone 4 area.




  1. Beautiful baskets of flowers. As far as you dilemma...I know that yarrow and blanket flowers do well in sandy conditions and in Zone 4. Other than that, I'm no help. Good luck!


  2. Hi Diane - I had a very sandy patch in my yard when I moved in - they had an abovegrouund pool there and had put about a foot of sand there. I added soil and have found that lavender, catmint, daylilies and daisies do fine. J

  3. Love the hanging basket and other flowers. I'm afraid I can't help you with plant ideas but hope that you get some answers from others. Joan

  4. how about raised beds. I have a book called Lasagna Gardening that tells how to mix in stuff with your soil to make it the way you want it. You might check the book's great!

  5. Gosh, I do not have any advice. I have the worst luck with planting pretty much anything.
    And, we have GREAT BLACK top soil here where I live.
    Anything should grow in it.
    If it weren't so freaking cold most of the time.
    I do have a greenhouse though that I have lots of fun with.

    I thought I added you to my blog roll........and here I have missed a few posts of yours.
    I'll go back and make sure I have added it.
    I remember you told me to try Google Friend......but I haven't figured it out yet. Seriously,I am the MOST STUPID PERSON in the world when it comes to computer usages. blaaaaah
    The flower pots looks great !!!!

  6. When I was a kid we lived in a very sandy area. We hauled loads of cow manure into the garden and we grew lots of great veges.
    I would suggest talking to your neighbors, and see what they have done. Barring that, steer manure is available at the stores and that mixed with the sand will make a nice sandy loam, I believe.
    Your hanging baskets are gorgeous!