Improving Sandy Soil - Knowledgebase Question

EAST JORDAN, Mi
Question by amymanwell
April 24, 2009
What is the best way to enrich sandy soil?


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2009

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You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start this spring by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the bed. You can use compost, aged manure (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your plants 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.

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