The Challenge of Sandy Soils
Sandy soils are among the most interesting and challenging conditions a gardener can face. On the plus side sandy soils drain readily, warm quickly in spring, and are easily worked at planting time. On the challenging side, they retain little organic matter, and offer plants little in the way of nutrients. They heat up to unbearable levels in mid-summer, and drain so rapidly there is little chance for plants to collect enough rainfall. Sandy soils are notorious for requiring copious amounts of water and fertilizer. Even so, if you find yourself faced with a sandy landscape snag, you have some great options for a beautiful garden.