Return to the Gardening in Shade Forum | Post a Follow-Up

sand in my shade garden

Posted by grrchick z8 NE Tx (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 25, 07 at 15:54

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

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: sand in my shade garden

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.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Gardening in Shade Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here