Sandy soil is not always easy for gardening but there several vegetables that not only tolerate sandy soil conditions but actually thrive in them. Come see which ones you can grow.
If you’re growing in pots or planters, here’s the Top Ten Vegetables for Containers.
This list from High Value Veggies by Mel Bartholomew is provided by Cool Springs Press.
10 Best Vegetables for Sandy Soils
Crops with deep taproots love light, loose, and well-drained sands.
These soils drain so rapidly, however, that even in water-abundant climates, vegetables suited for sandy soils must thrive in low-water and low-fertility conditions.
This list comes from the book, High Value Veggies by Mel Bartholomew, author of the infamous Square Foot Gardening series.
- Carrots do best in loose, sandy soil that allows for straight growth. If your soil is less than ideal, consider growing a “ball” variety”.
- To get the most nutrition out of your carrots, scrub them clean but do not peel them. Most of the vitamins reside close to the surface and peeling carrots removes nutrients.
- Parsnips are woodier than carrots and have a complex, spiced sweetness.
- Use fresh seeds: parsnip seeds rapidly lose their viability after just one year.
- While we tend to focus on the roots, the tops of beets are the most nutritious part and can be steamed or sauteed.
- Fresh beets can be refrigerated for up to five days.
- Radishes are fast-growing and ready in 4-6 weeks.
- Sow radish seeds every other week for a continuous harvest.
- Rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano are all candidates for sandy soil.
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- Onions can be planted from seeds, seedlings, or “sets”—small bulbs.
- If your cool-weather growing season is short, it is best to plant sets.
- Bulb onions are ready to harvest when the stalks turn yellow.
- Plant garlic in fall after first frost.
- Softneck garlic is the type commonly found in the grocery store. Be sure to choose a cold-hardy variety.
- Hardneck garlic is cold hardy and has a straw-like center stem—the bulbs form off it.
- Elephant garlic is not technically garlic and has a milder flavor.
- Potatoes are their own seed source.
- Use only certified disease-free seed potatoes to ensure success.
- Asparagus is a perennial vegetable, meaning it will regrow each year.
- Choose varieties such as Jersey Giant for maximum productivity and disease resistance.
- If you love turnip greens, overplant. Crowd the plants together when seeding, and wait for the greens to get just big enough to pick, and then harvest the entire plant to thin out the plot. It’s a great way to have abundant greens and plenty of turnips.
High Value Veggies by Mel Bartholomew
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛