How can I im­prove sandy soil so I can grow flow­ers?

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Dig in bulky or­ganic mat­ter, such as well-rot­ted ma­nure and com­post. You can eas­ily make a com­post bin to use your own gar­den waste. Hostafan1 In au­tumn, cover the area with a 10cm layer of well-rot­ted ma­nure, then in spring do the same and dig it in. Or cover the ar­eas with­out plants with wet news­pa­per or card­board, then top with com­post or ma­nure to stop all the good­ness wash­ing away and you can plant into the com­post. The card­board will rot over time. Top­soiled It’s best to avoid mois­ture-lov­ing plants. Rud­beck­ias and echi­naceas love sandy soil. I’m aim­ing for prairie plant­ing, which seems to cope in these con­di­tions. But the rules don’t al­ways ap­ply. I’ve also found that mois­ture-lov­ing as­tran­tias do well. Peanuts3 I’ve been us­ing peat-free com­post – it’s ex­cel­lent for adding fi­bre and body to sandy soil, and takes up mois­ture bet­ter than the dried peat­based stuff. Just spread the con­tents over the beds and the worms will pull it down into the soil for you. Iamweedy You can mulch at any time as long as the ground un­der­neath isn’t bone dry or frozen solid. Hostafan1

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