Plant A Vegetable Garden In Sandy Soil
Sandy soil is not always easy for gardening but there several vegetables for a vegetable garden that not only tolerate sandy soil conditions but actually thrive in them. Here are instructions to plant a vegetable garden in sandy oil. Mark the corners of your vegetable garden beds with stakes or flags. Make the beds no wider than 4 feet so you can reach across them. Amend the soil only in the beds. Cover the garden beds with 3 inches of organic matter. Mix manure with decayed leaves, or other seed- and disease-free plant material or use compost. Dig or till the organic matter into the soil to a depth of 10 to 18 inches. Mix the soil and organic matter thoroughly. Rake the beds smooth. Mound the beds if you get more than 30 inches of rain per year where you live.
Raise the paths and make the beds flat and lower than the paths if you have less than 30 inches of rain a year. Water the beds to settle the soil. Moisten the top 12 inches before planting in your vegetable garden. Plant seeds up to twice as deep in sandy soil than in heavier soil. Set out transplants and water immediately. Water whenever the top 2 inches are dry. Cover the soil with 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch when the plants are 6 inches tall.