Preparing Garden Bed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Iac892004
June 3, 2006
I live in Buffalo, NY. I am going down to Florida to landscape my uncle's office. I know Florida's landscape procedure is alot different than that of Buffalo's. After I dig out the beds I know it is going to need soil. If there is alot of sand where I am digging, can plants grow in sand ? Or when I dig out the bed should I go down really deep and remove as much sand as I can and then build the beds up with soil?
Thanks for your Time,
Michael Iacono

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2006
Whether you garden in New York or in Florida, plants still have the same requirements for organic-rich, well-draining soil. I'd begin by removing all weeds and debris from the planting bed, then adding lots of organic matter such as compost, aged-manure, etc. Spread a 4-6" layer over the entire bed and then dig it in to a depth of 6-8". The organic matter will help the sandy soil retain moisture and nutrients. After plants are chosen and placed in their new homes, spread an additional 2-3" of organic matter over the top of the bed, both to help the soil retain moisture and to help suppress weeds. Best wishes with your project!

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