sand in my shade garden

grrchickJanuary 25, 2007

We just moved into a rental house and I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about creating a garden from the neglected yard. Someone filled cracks against the entire foundation with pure sand. Though the sand is level with the rest of the comes away from the house 2-4ft, and is anywhere from 4-8" deep.

There is a long stretch about 20-25ft against the north facing front of the house that is completely bare of vegetation that I'd like to see filled in hopefully this season.

My two main questions are:

1. Is it possible to dig out a hole in the sand, fill that with quality soil/organic matter, dig out a smaller hole.. then plant something inside that hole..then cover with mulch?

2. Which full shade plants could I then plant in those holes that would spread far enough to fill the area in?

My first thought was to build a complete raised bed..thought that doesn't seem very cost effective. Theoretically, I'd like something that would get at least 3-4ft tall, and be reasonably interesting. A grove of elephant ears or bleeding hearts perhaps? This area also gets runoff from the roof, and seems to stay fairly damp so far.

Here is a link that might be useful: front yard

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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

You would be better off removing a couple of inches of the sand and work in some compost throughout the bed to the level you want. If you try to put in pockets of organic matter I think you will find it dries out awfully fast as the sand is going to draw the moisture out of the organic matter. It won't take alot of organic matter - sandy loam (which is what you will have once you amend it) is wonderful for gardening in.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 4:23PM
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