I want to garden despite sandy soil!
We’ve lived in our home (with a giant yard!) for 8 years now. Every year I try to garden, and every time I fail. Our backyard is about 90% sand. I can’t get anything to grow and I desperately want a vegetable garden. Our front yard is not a great alternative, because although it is much less sandier, it is almost entirely shade. We barely get any sunlight and I can only grow hostas which grow right next to the house in dirt I added to the sandy soil. Any suggestions for how I can have a successful vegetable garden? I would like it to be quite large to accommodate our family! :)
- Work in 3 to 4 inches of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or finished compost.
- Mulch around your plants with leaves, wood chips, bark, hay or straw. Mulch retains moisture and cools the soil.
- Add at least 2 inches of organic matter each year. Over time your sand will become a more loamy soil which retains moisture.
- Grow cover crops or green manures over winter and till them into your sandy soil in the spring before planting your vegetables.