Gardening

Sandy soil, which plants to choose?


The sandy soil is both infertile and low in water retention.
Sand nevertheless has undeniable advantages for the cultivation of certain vegetables and heather plants.

But cultivating a soil made entirely of sand can also become restrictive for growing plants.

It is therefore necessary to take some precautions as follows:

Sandy soil

It is both light and very easy to work with.

It is dry most of the time, in winter because the water will tend to run off and in summer when the soil can even become arid if it is not watered.

What to plant in sandy soil?

It is acidic and therefore suitable for growing certain plants such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas and gorse.

  • When planting these heather plants, add compost and mix it with the sand.

Other plants will make their nests such as the beautiful agapanthus or the vines, which are used to growing in light and sandy soil.

There is also, of course, the dune seabed, which is very suitable for sandy soils.

Vegetables in sandy soil

We find the carrot there which grows very well in a soil composed only of sand.

Or other vegetables that tolerate it very well with the addition of topsoil, such as strawberries, asparagus, beans or radishes.

How to improve sandy soil?

Overall, a soil composed mainly of sand is not very fertile and therefore not very suitable for most plants.

There are different effective ways to improve it:

  • Make a regular supply of organic matter.
    You will prefer natural materials such as compost, manure, algae or potting soil.

  • Add topsoil to make your soil less light and therefore more welcoming to most plants.

  • Water regularly as soon as the soil is dry.
    It is important to water in the evening and in a limited way to avoid evaporation.

To read also on soils

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  • Improve clayey and often flooded soil

Video: What Does Topsoil, Garden Soil, Raised Bed Soil and Potting Mix Mean? (October 2020).