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Are you dealing with very sandy soil in the garden where your plants don't really want to thrive? With these 6 tips you will improve your earth.
A sandy soil that still trickles between your fingers even after the rain can be a reason why your plants don't want to thrive. A sandy soil has the major disadvantage that it stores water and nutrients very poorly. So your plants lack the most important thing they need to grow.
There are various ways to improve the soil quality and thus your harvest. Sometimes simply adding more water to the soil is simply not enough.
Opportunities for improving soil quality
Tip 1: add compost
Probably the cheapest way is to add compost to your soil. It is best to create your own compost heap, where you can collect green and kitchen waste and let it rot. The finished compost is rich in nutrients and forms humus for water storage. Not only do you do something good for your plants, you also have less waste in the kitchen.
»When using plants, always mix a little compost with the excavated soil and only then put the plant back in again.
Tip 2: bring in horse manure
Horse manure behaves exactly like compost. It is also a wonderful fertilizer for your plants and improves soil quality. You can get horse manure cheaply from farmers or equestrian centers nearby.
Tip 3: Use water-storing granules
With this granulate you supply your plants with a water storage gel, which provides water storage for a longer period of time. This is an extremely good help, especially for plants that require a lot of water. This granulate also lends itself well to the holiday season. This means that your neighbors do not have to constantly stand and water in your garden. A real relief for everyone. Experience reports and more here ...
Tip 4: Make green manure
You can also use plants to moisturize the soil. Simply sow lupins, sweet peas or clover in the appropriate bed in summer. The plants need to be mowed before they become woody. Then you should leave them on the bed for a week. Then they have to be shredded and worked into the bed. Humus is thus added to the soil and lupins also provide the necessary nitrogen.
Another advantage of green manure is that these fast growing plants ensure that weeds are reduced. Further information is also available from the Bavarian Horticultural Institute.
Tip 5: loosen the soil
You should loosen your soil as often as possible. As a result, the water no longer evaporates on the surface, but penetrates deep into the ground.
Tip 6: Apply mulch
Mulch also helps to improve the soil structure and protect the bed from dryness. Simply cover the area with five centimeters of mulch and after a while you should see a change.
»Mulch also has the positive property of dealing with weeds without much work.
Sandy soil - suitable plants
Sandy soil is not particularly helpful for many plants, but there are still a few species that prefer these conditions. Carrots, radishes, potatoes, some types of herbs and especially asparagus like this soil and give hope for a profitable harvest.