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    Default First garden

    Just moved in to a new house last August and the soil sucks it 90% sand doing raised beds. So far we have 2 types of potatoes, green onions, cherry tomatoes and big boy tomatoes.

    Looking for suggestions on how to get the best crop out of what I got. Like I said 1st year doing this so well see how it goes

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    Try amending your soil with mushroom compost! It's a miracle soil and will super charge your produce production.
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    Sand is great with some nutrients.
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    Yes it is. My whole property is base sand to about 10 ft then it's red clay then pea gravel. All I had was sand to work with when I first built my gardens. I've since amended with dump truck loads of mushroom compost and homemade compost over the years. I swear by mushroom compost tilled into sand and working in my homemade compost from fall tilling and raw produce kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and chipper shred dings, cleaning out stalls and coops for chicken and horse manure.
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    South Texas red sand grows some good stuff. Takes more water but not all bad.
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    just reinforce what everyone else has said.
    I have very sandy soil also, but it is easy to work.
    Just add lots and lots of organic matter - anything you can lay your hands on.
    compost, leaves, grass clippings, wood chips.
    and manure - aged first - cow, horse, chicken
    get some rabbits their manure can go straight on to the garden
    and start some tubs of worms for your edible kitchen left overs

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    Peat moss will help the sand retain moisture.
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