Top Questions About Seaside Gardening

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Questions About Seaside Gardening

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 23, 2011

Q. Salt Level in Sandy Soil

I live on the coast and have sandy soil – How do I know if there is too much salt in it?

Answered by
Heather on
March 5, 2011
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You will need to take a soil sample to your local extension office. They have a special test that they perform to tell the level of salt in soil and can tell you if it is too high.

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Asked by
SRW on
April 3, 2011

Q. Hanging Basket for Coastal Area

I would like to hang some flower baskets from my porch, it is facing south with full sun. We live in Oregon about 500 feet from the ocean on our west. What type of flowers would work under those conditions?

Answered by
Heather on
April 5, 2011
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Moss rose, coleus and vinca do well in baskets and are salt tolerant. They should do well for this.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 8, 2011

Q. Plants for Windy Mountainside Garden in Northern Ireland

I live just at the edge of the forest up a mountain and not far from a seaside town, but if there is snow forecast, we get it (up to five foot drifts). We are on rocky ground with only pines, whins, etc. growing locally.  I would love some form of garden to look at and a bit of color. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 8, 2011
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Asked by
pattyapi on
September 16, 2012

Q. sea water damage

Please help me! My plants are dying from Hurricane Isaac flooding. Recently my home and garden were flooded with 4. 5 ft of storm surge sea water. All the plants that were exposed are stressed and or dying. Is there anything I can do beside pour more water on them to dilute the salt? My greatest heart break was the loss of my beautiful garden and flowers.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 17, 2012
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Unfortunately, you are doing all you can right now. Just keep them watered to dilute the salt and hopefully this will reduce the damage. However, be careful not to overwater the plants as this can be just as detrimental.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 21, 2012

Q. What Trees and Shrubs Thrive in a Tropical Maritime Environment?

I have land on the beach at about latitude 9 degrees north. It is subject to both east and west monsoons. Soil is clay to red dirt and some loam. I’ve just cleared the land and would like to begin planting trees, flowering plants and vegetables and would like to know what does best in this environment.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 22, 2012
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 6, 2014

Q. Vegetable Garden

I saw your article on plants and shrubs that do well near salt water.  My question is, will planting my vegetable garden too close to a salt water tidal river affect the taste of the vegetables?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 6, 2014
Certified Expert
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The salt itself should not, but it could cause stunted growth, which does sometimes reduce the robustness of the flavor of fruits and vegetables.

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