Vegetables in Sandy Soil
Sandy soils have the advantage that they are free draining so do not suffer from “water logging” during winter. They also allow a lot of air within the cavities between soil particles, making them generally warmer than heavier soils, which improves root development during the colder winter months.
However, good drainage means nutrients are washed through the soil. To improve the structure, add organic matter such as compost or dig trenches and lay seaweed in the bottom, then cover and allow to rot.
When preparing the vegetable patch for planting, mix Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus with the “soil” at a ratio of 50/50. Vegies can now be planted directly into this prepared area. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Spinach and Silverbeet are just a few of the winter vegies that will thrive in these conditions. Kale, Kohlrabi, and Broad Beans will also prosper in a garden bed prepared in this manner.
With sandy soils leaching nutrients easily, it is best to use a liquid fertiliser such as liquid seaweed, fish or blood and bone every 2-3 weeks to maintain healthy growth.