How about welcoming a very colorful flowering plant to your yard? And you can grow that flower in your garden right now? And.....they are considered to be very undemanding annuals. They can be seen in just about any color that you can imagine. Also.....these flowers can be easily grown by just about anyone.....even for beginning gardeners. It's also a very nice plant for kids to grow.
You have probably already guessed what it is by now.....but if you haven't it's the Zinnia. You can easily grow them by seed right into your garden, in pots or even seedling flats for transplanting later during our warm season or after all danger of frost has passed. They would prefer a sunny area. When transplant time has come and you have chosen the tall variety....plant them 12-18" apart....the shorter variety....plant them 6 - 8 inches apart.
Even though I just mentioned the word 'transplanting'.......Actually Zinnias really don't like to be 'transplanted'. They would like their seeds to be planted directly in peat pots or in the ground. So to please them..... place the seeds where you want them then cover them with 1/4" of soil......lightly water them and cover them with clear plastic or glass to keep the seeds from drying out. They will germinate in 4 - 7 days.....once they do..... remove the plastic cover and keep the soil evenly moist.
When your 'indoor' seedlings have germinated to 1" in height.....thin them out so the rest of the seedlings are 2" apart. For outdoor seedlings wait until they grow to about 2" - 3" in height ....then thin them to 6 - 8" apart. And....when your seedlings grow to 4" tall give them a little food......like a 5-10-5 liquid fertilizer. If you like to have bushier shaped plants...pinch off an inch or so from the tips of the main stems while the plant is still young. A very nice thing about Zinnias is they have no major insect problems.
Our neighbor gave them a try....he just tossed out a packet of zinnia seeds and surprisingly it produced a miraculous planting. But he did have good soil in the beginning.
And finally as Tom always says.....anything you can do to improve your sandy soil is going to help our flowers, herbs and vegetables to grow and continue to do better.