What do I with all this sand?
I just bought a home in the Northern CA San Joaquin valley. The backyard has a large area of sand that is about 15 inches deep. There used to be an above-ground pool on the sand, but the pool is long gone.
Having the sand removed and replaced with soil is going to be an expensive project, so I am trying to figure out what other options I have. Are there any plants that do well in sand? Any suggestions for what kind of garden I could create in the space? I bet in the long run I could save a lot on my water bill by planting some drought-resistant plants there, but I need to make it a space that can be enjoyed as part of my backyard as well. Ideas?