rissaroo1234 asks: Turning a sandbox into a garden, need some advice?
We have this old, unused sandbox in our yard that I would like to convert into a raised bed veggie garden. And I have a few questions about how to make this happen.
1) Under the sand and above the dirt, there is this liner/tarp thing. Should I leave that there, remove it, or remove it and place it with a different kind of liner?
2) Our soil is pretty cruddy. Lots of rocks. So I’ll be filling it probably with mirical grow soil. But would it be better to use the potting soil kind or the flower bed soil kind?
3) Worms are suppost to be good for gardens, right? I would like to add some to my garden. I don’t want to compost I just want they’re help fertilizing and such. Would normal nightcrawlers sold as fishing bait work okay for this or do I have to order some special type of worm?
I live in the twin cities area of Minnesota, to give you an idea of how the climate is here. We get pretty hot summers and really cold winters. The sandbox is about 4ft by 5ft and about 8inch deep. If you wanna know any other details that I might be forgetting them just ask and I’ll add them in as extra details. Thanks!
Change of plans on the soil- my dad found a local place were we can get “garden blend” soil, which is 45% compost, 45% black dirt and 10% sand, that’s a decent price ($ 21 a cubic yard) so we will probably just do that
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Answer by C
Better to take the liner off the bottom of the box so that the soil will drain freely.
Buy yourself a garden riddle and seive the stones and rubbish out of the garden soil.
Put the stones at the bottom of the box.
Mix the riddled soil 50/50 with potting compost and fill the box to just below the rim.
If dig around in your garden you should find worms in the ground to put into your sandbox garden but if you’ve taken the liner off the bottom the worms can find their own way in there.
You shouldn’t have to spend anything like as much as you think setting the garden up and what you save on compost and worms you can spend on plants.
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