The Q&A Archives: What To Do With Sand In The Area We Want To Plant Flowers

Question: We are new to the central coast area, and are eager to start planting flowers in our backyard. We notice there is sand in the areas that we want to plant in. Our neighbors told us this is common in this area. Should we use something to mix in with the sand to help grow beautiful flowers? By the way, the area we are planting in gets full sun 6+ hours of the day.

Answer: How exciting to be starting a new garden! You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the bed. You can use compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your perennials and annuals and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular garden. Best wishes with your new garden!

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