Sandy Soil Preparation - Knowledgebase Question

Unincorporated Dade, FL
Question by sety
January 16, 1999
I just purchased a home 3 miles outside the Florida Everglades Natl Park. The area has been filled with a top layer of mostly Sand and crushed coral. Below (2 Feet) this top layer is the original Everglades soil. What can I do to prepare this area for successful gardening?


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Answer from NGA
January 16, 1999

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Three words: compost, compost and compost! Sandy soil holds very little water and nutrients. Organic matter is the best solution for such a soil problem. You can purchase compost by the yard to get a head start.

I would begin by mixing about 4 inches of compost into the surface 4-6 inches of soil. Then you can mulch the garden with leaves, and rototill the partly decomposed leaves in at the end of the gardening season.

Good luck and thanks for the question!

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