Convert sandbox into small vegetable garden??

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Old 05-09-11, 07:15 PM
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Convert sandbox into small vegetable garden??

The bottom is open to the soil, and there is about 4 inches of sand in the sandbox, and about 12 inches of space to the top of the sandbox. Do I need to remove all of the sand first or can I get away with filling the sand box in with soil and planting some vegetables?
 
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Old 05-11-11, 09:23 AM
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I'd get rid of the sand and replace it with quality soil

With 12" of dirt on top of the sand, you'd probably be fine but my whole lawn sits on sand and I'm pretty tired of trying to grow anything in sand
 
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But I'm lazy!!! Thanks for the advice, I'll probably end up removing it. :0)
 
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Old 05-11-11, 11:27 AM
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just a thought...... but would 12" of wet dirt put too much strain on the sand box framing??
 
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That's a good point, but the sandbox is constructed with railway ties and is pretty sturdy so I think it will hold up alright.
 
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Ya, that ought to hold it I was envisioning 2x12

You might want to consider a liner for the sides. I've read that fertile dirt can absorb the cresote out of the RR ties. I don't know if it's a real danger or not but maybe better safe than sorry
 
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Don't bother removing the sand! It will work into the soil and help keep it from compacting over time. I would probably only add about 10" of soil since as plants grow that will raise the soil slightly with their roots.
 
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I think the sand would be ok, it might help with a little drainage, depending if it has clay in it. 12" of soil and it really dont matter what is underneath. If you need DIY for "Raised Beds" or where to get new ones, let me know and i will give you resources.
 
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