Builders sand? would sand from the pasture work?
I admit I am a frugal gardener.
My garden beds are made from rich corn country soil which is a bit too wet for some plants like lavendar, and in the spring. We get heavy rains but until the frost line thaws there is no where for the water to go. We are muddy in the spring. (Zone 5)
I have read several books and they recommend builders sand/ sharp sand, but Im not sure what that is exactly. I'm familiar with sand box sand and I understand that's NOT to be used.
We have a sandy hillside in the pasture that is nothing but sand. I'd like to amend with that sand to curb costs but I'm not sure if it's the "right" sand. It is nothing like gravel or decomposed granite. It must have something yummy in it as the cattle literally eat this sand(minerals?)
Speaking of gravel- that's another possiblily to amend the soil- but the gravel for the driveway comes by the truckload and is in fact crushed limestone which I'm afraid would be too big (popcorn size rocks) and effect the PH- make it too alkaline??
What do you think about amending with the sandhill sand or crushed limestone? I'd rather not make things worse...