How do I make sure potting soil to sand ratio is correct?
Make sure the balance of nutrients of aoil and sand are appropriate in home garden?
GNATS - How to get rid of them?
Somehow my house and garden got tiny gnats that killed my fuchsia plant and fly everywhere. I have tried ALL the Web recommendations - soap and oil dishes, sand in th... See more
Marigolds growing! Should I pinch the buds?
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What's the best flower/plant to grow in Texas?
I know that opinions vary, but what's your opinion?!I have great luck w Rosemary plants. Green all year long.
How to care for a dogwood tree?
How to get rid of termites?
Suggestions on how to get rid of termites naturally are appreciated however if there is only a chemical solution for these pests please share as well. Thank you!
How do i get rid of a stubborn weed, common purslane?
Hello, Does anyone know how to get rid of common purslane? I keep pulling it out and it's trying to take over my veggie garden.Help! Melinda
What is the easiest way of getting gravel out of grass?
We removed a deck in our backyard and now the lawn next to it is full of gravel. I tried using a rake but that did not work well. I would love any advice on an easy w... See more
What is your reason behind putting sand in your garden? Most garden soil has enough sand in it. I usually use potting soil or compost if you have it, or both and some peat moss. If you add much sand to the mix, the moisture may drain too quickly.
Try putting the soil you have in a pot and water it thoroughly...see how long it takes for the water to drain from the pot....well drained soil will allow water to flow through it in just a minute or two depending on the size of the pot. If water sits in the soil, you can add 1 part coarse sand to 4 parts soil and see how that drains...make sure all the drainage holes in the pot do not get clogged with soil...you can use gravel or bits from broken pots to keep the soil from running out or blocking drainage.
Hi Deborah, here is a recipe for making your own potting soil. Hope this is helpful Homemade Potting Mix - UF/IFAS Extension
Sep 20, 2018 - Making your own mix allows you to control the types and ... Sand. Sand adds air space to a potting mix. Builder's sand, or coarse sand, is best.