In sandy soil, sand particles prevail in greater numbers, which can be coarse, fine or medium.
The negative aspect of this type of soil is represented by the scarce ability to maintain the water, allowing it to slide off very easily in the same way as stony type soils do.
In contrast, the advantage of sandy soils is that they work with extreme ease and, given their ability to circulate the air better inside, they contain a high and beneficial amount of oxygen, to the benefit of the plants that will be grown on such a soil.
Thanks to the contribution of frequent fertilizations with manure, compost, manure and fertilizers, this type of soil will benefit enormously from the humus that will form inside it, certainly also benefiting from the correct nourishment and health of the plants and vegetables that it produces. they will be hosted during the vegetative cycle.
Keep in mind that a sandy soil o too loose it heats up early in the spring and has a tendency to remain dry and dry during the summer season, or in any case in the hot and dry months. For this reason, it is good to choose a type of vegetable suitable for growing on sandy soil. What could these vegetables be? Definitely garlic, onion, pepper, shallot, tomato, aubergine, carrot, watermelon, potato, fennel and even fava beans!
HOW TO OPERATE ON A SANDY GROUND
If the ground is characterized by the massive presence of particles of coarse, fine or medium sand, gravel, pebbles and the like, then it will be subject to phenomena of poor cohesion and minimal propensity to retain moisture. In this case, for particular types of crops, it will not be suitable for cultivation because it is not very humidified.
The best way to intervene in these cases is to correct the situation by limiting the damage to a minimum. Like? By adding organic matter it can considerably improve the quality of a sandy soil, also to requalify and make the soil composition more stable with the consequence of improving its ability to retain water and all fertilizing substances that can possibly be dissolved in it . Working in this sense, one of the most noticeable effects in the short term is the increase in the cohesion capacity of the sand particles, with the consequent improvement of the structure and quality of the soil, as well as its ability to host crops of plants and vegetables.
If you have a sandy soil of limited size, then the help of clay can help. You can in fact, only for not too large soils, otherwise it would be excessively expensive in economic terms, to bring a sufficient quantity of clay even only in those areas of the vegetable garden where you intend to grow vegetables that are particularly demanding in terms of soil stability and structure. In fact, with clay, the sandy soil will become more structured, helping it to retain liquid and nutrient substances, dramatically increasing its main quality for a soil: fertility! In this case, the expenditure of energy and money will be reduced to a minimum, to the benefit of your crops and the health of your vegetables.