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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 11-28-2017, 12:36 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default Re: Sandy soil gardeners--enlighten me

I live on a sand hill, beautiful yellow colored sand the ground water is approximately 9 ft down. not so sure right now after Irma. my ph is low because of this. have to put lime down around the bananas.

but water does not race down the sand absorbs some of it. if you dig down after a good rain the sand will be moist. cow manure and compost helps to retain the water just a bit longer. and grass cuttings keeps the top moist longer in the hot afternoon sun. watering once a day is good enough. twice a day may be better I do not know I have a lot of plants covering a large area.

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One thing I have learned about watering on sand... A little every day is much better than a big water once a week. It seems a big water once, most just runs through, but a little every day and the sand seems to hold it much better... Dry sand seems to repel water at first, so it does just run through. Keep it moist and it holds a lot more.

BTW.. If your Ph is high, you don't want lime.
You might not even need it when the Ph is low... http://gardenrant.com/?guest_post=pl...ased-on-the-ph
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One thing I have learned about watering on sand... A little every day is much better than a big water once a week. It seems a big water once, most just runs through, but a little every day and the sand seems to hold it much better... Dry sand seems to repel water at first, so it does just run through. Keep it moist and it holds a lot more.

BTW.. If your Ph is high, you don't want lime.
You might not even need it when the Ph is low... Please Stop Liming your Soil Based on the pH! | Garden Rant
said high didn't I. should have said low. thanks for the correction. I have a ph of 2 1/2. have a couple of plants that the leaves are poorly formed because of low calcium.
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