Planning for Spring, Thinking About Sandy Soil

| 2/5/2019 1:33:00 PM

Obligatory chicken pic. 

It's called "Kalkaska Sand."

It's the official soil of the great state of Michigan. And I'll be honest with you: it's a challenge. Maybe it's the drastic change. I spent all of my gardening life before now growing in the heavy, nutrient-rich clay in the near-suburbs of Detroit. It was heavy, and wet, and would turn into something like cement, cracking in the hot sun. 

And now? My soil is more like what you find at the beach. Literally. I can dig into it with my hands. It's fast-draining, warms up quick in the spring (which is great since our growing season is so short) and planting has never been easier.


There's always a but.

2/21/2019 6:37:47 AM

We struggle with our Michigan sand as well. Been back in MI for two seasons now, and share your pain. However, it is great soil for melons, squash, and the like. Best of luck to everyone with our "unique" soil.

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