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Name: Dana P
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bloominholes2fill
May 2, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Hey Gang! Does sand mixed in the soil help retain moisture, or would it improve the drainage too much to retain any moisture?
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tarev
May 2, 2017 1:44 PM CST
I don't use sand in my soil, it tends to compact and damage the roots. I prefer to mix in pumice or perlite for drainage, and use containers with drainage holes.
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May 2, 2017 1:47 PM CST
Don't use sand in your soils. It washes down to the bottom and compacts. If you want to hold moisture you can use some vermiculite or peat.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 2, 2017 1:49 PM CST
What type of plant are you planning to plant Dana?
Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
May 2, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Sandy soil drains, but that also results in the leaching away of plant nutrients as well as water.

I tend to garden on (initially) heavy clay: I'd agree the best way to amend the structure (including resulting drainage) of heavy clay is to work in (nutrient containing) organic material.

At present, I'm using mushroom compost, a commercially available form of compost which you can be confident really is weed-free.
Name: Dana P
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bloominholes2fill
May 2, 2017 4:21 PM CST
@tarev, it's for a border garden. I have one bag of cheap soil that has sand mixed in. The garden is about 45 sq. ft. I do have peat, and a couple bags of compost. The garden is on the east side of the house, and partially on the southeast corner. The east side needs amending to retain a bit more moisture, in drought conditions. The drainage is perfect there, and I do use native, drought tolerant plants.

Charlie, we have heavy clay as well, but for some reason, the soil on the east side is loose and a bit dry.
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tarev
May 2, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Hi Dana, ah okay. I am more of a container gardener, so will let others give their input about it. Smiling
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porkpal
May 2, 2017 4:28 PM CST
It sounds like adding organic materials will help you the most.
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sooby
May 2, 2017 4:29 PM CST
porkpal said:It sounds like adding organic materials will help you the most.


I agree
Name: Dana P
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bloominholes2fill
May 2, 2017 4:29 PM CST
@tarev, thanks just the same! Thank You!
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Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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Daylilies Butterflies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses
Region: Ohio Winter Sowing Composter Birds Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
bloominholes2fill
May 2, 2017 4:32 PM CST
porkpal said:It sounds like adding organic materials will help you the most.


Yeah, that's definitely the plan! Thumbs up
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Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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Daylilies Butterflies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses
Region: Ohio Winter Sowing Composter Birds Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
bloominholes2fill
May 5, 2017 11:48 PM CST
Well, it's settled. The soil, with sand in it, will be used in a different fashion, somewhere else. Where? That has yet to be determined! Blinking
"The grass is only greener where it's watered and fertilized." - Yours Truly
Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then you should ALWAYS be Batman! - Unknown
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