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RE: CULT: Adding sand as soil amendment

  • To: <iris-talk@egroups.com>
  • Subject: RE: [iris-talk] CULT: Adding sand as soil amendment
  • From: "Greg McCullough" <icity@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 14:11:19 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

We have heavy clay, acid soil in Middle Tennessee. We plow deeply, till,
then add 2-3 inches of sand and 4-6 inches of peat moss or rotted sawdust
and till again for our beardless. For bearded we only add the sand. We think
it gives the bed very good substance and allows it to drain well. Bought 124
tons of sand this year and moved it all with a front end loader to the beds
then raked and shoveled it out. Makes for great exercise....also makes you
appreciate good help.

Greg McCullough
Iris City Gardens
Primm Springs, Tennessee (just southwest of Nashville)
Zone 6

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Loberg [mailto:loberg@jps.net]
> Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2000 1:01 PM
> To: iris-talk@egroups.com
> Subject: [iris-talk] CULT: Adding sand as soil amendment
>     Although I've heard several threads talking about
> amendments, pros and
> cons... most recently about the Humor in OK, one thing I've
> not heard much
> talk about... does anyone add sand or equivalent in large
> quantities to
> their iris garden beds?   Not just a covering, but till it
> in?   I don't
> need to because my soil already drains well, but as I think
> about those who
> say they have clay or heavy clay, I'm just wondering if
> adding huge amounts
> of sand (or course builders sand as Rosalie once said) would
> help.    Not as
> a substitute for other nutrients, but to lighten the soil and
> make it drain
> better.    Anyone with reports on using sand?
> Kitty Loberg
> northern Calif.
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