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Nutrient solutions for long term health in sand

Posted by msuarez07 (My Page) on
Wed, May 20, 09 at 22:45

Hi everyone. Sorry to be a California interloper, but I need some advice on CT beach gardening.

My husband's family has a house on the beach in Old Saybrook, and since they know I like plants, they asked me to landscape part of it last year. When I say on the beach I mean literally that most of what I planted went into almost pure sand. I picked out some good hopefuls and a lot of CT natives (Beach Plums, asters, seaside goldenrod, etc.). Last fall I planted all of it with a bit of seaweed compost (purchased at a local nursery, not homemade) in each hole, watered it and hoped nature would help me out(no one would be back to do anything until May) It's May now and most of it seems to have survived the first winter (yeah!)

My question is, what do you guys find to be the best way to make sure sand plantings in that area get enough nutrients in the long term? Should I put in some slow release ferts? More compost every year?

Sorry for the VERY generic question; although I garden a lot out here in CA, it is not anywhere near a beach, so this sand idea is a whole new thing :) Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot,

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RE: Nutrient solutions for long term health in sand

Maria, I just came upon your thread, and felt sorry that you hadn't received any information.
My garden is all-sand, and what I have been doing is adding more compost every year. Slow release ferts couldn't hurt either. But mainly I just keep adding compost. For my veggie garden I plant a cover-crop over the winter.
Sounds like you're already on the right track by using CT beach natives.
BTW, I'm a CA transplant too, who had never gardened in sand (before!)

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