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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject: Preparing veg garden - sand Reply with quote

Hi folks,
Any thoughts on adding sand to a veg patch. Ground is quite wet at the moment and I'm trying to get it ready for spuds, carrots, parsnip and cabbage in the next couple of weeks. Would it matter if sand came from shore, salt content??
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: Preparing veg garden - sand Reply with quote

caoimhin wrote:
Would it matter if sand came from shore, salt content??

Disaster!! But hey, did you know that salt in the soil is good for growing beetroot?
What's the reason you want to add sand? You would only need to add sand if you have some sort of drainage problem.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I right in thinking it is illegal to take sand from a beach anyway?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think by rights it is illegal. But taking seaweed is seen as salvage, like a beachcomber. Very Happy
caoimhin as said already salt is a problem, maybe getting your hands on grit would be a better option.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

carrots wern't great last year i thought soil was a bit heavy and some sand might do the trick
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sand on your carrot bed is a good idea, carrots do best in a sandy loam and need good drainage. but use builders sand not from the shore for the reasons mentioned in the previous posts. My biggest problem with carrots is the carrot fly,
on my allotment site everybody grows carrots under a frame covered in enviromesh to keep the little buggers at bay.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Discussing gardening with an old coach station inspector in Brighton about 30 years ago, he told me that there's an onion fly and a carrot fly.

They don't like one another so, if you plant your onions and your carrots side by side, you won't have problems from either. I must admit I've never had any trouble with flies and have followed his advice all along.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really think it's to do with the flies not liking each other, it's more disguising each others (the carrots and onions) scent. It works more in favour of the carrot. There are many types of companion growing techniques.
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