You will want to add organic matter and compost.
Dig it in............
And then you add some more.
Use an organic mulch which will also eventually
become soil. And it will help hold in the moisture,
and help hold the sand in place.
You may want to but some clay as well to add to you garden beds. Good
garden soil is 30% - 40% sand, 30% - 40% silt, and 20% - 30% clay. Then
you need to add organic materials as Emilie has so wisely indicated.
sounds like the house should've been built on a raised area?
grow sand loving plants and let everyone who's stuck with clay be envious.
dune-holding plants? you might take a look at conditions at the boundaries of
dune area. although, if a boundary is a cliff face, you probably cannot emulate
type of boundary :-)
yeah, that's pretty much the maintenance for your crop areas. for annual mulch,
steal autumn leaves from wherever people don't want the leaves. (sidewalks and
such, if the leaves don't include a pieces of broken beer bottles)
add mineral based stuff only when its particle size is slightly smaller than
the existing sand. clay particles are too different from sand. you can mix in
sand if your sand is medium coarseness.
Will you please support your assertion.
Clay holds water and nutrients and binds the soil. Good soil will
encourage bacteria which will exude mucopolysaccharides and further bind
the soil together.
Sand > silt > clay and you want them in the quantities indicated above.
sand and clay = adobe.
but enough of an intermediate particle size should prevent that.
besides all this, some plants prefer sand, some prefer clay, etc.
practically speaking, existing grades will be destroyed if you haul in huge
soils (to meet those percentages). you could haul out similar volume of existing
but all that hauling gets expen$ive. older houses sometimes have areas with an
inch+ of soil because someone(s) hauled in some "planting mix" This topping can
successful for a while if the "planting mix" was brought in for shallow planting
a sod install).
a similar "technique" that succeeds with some plants is adding a thin layer of
at the crown.
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