Hi, Berna. There are a couple of things you can do to improve your soil that will be imperative for the survival of any vegetables or flowers you plant. First, sprinkle garden lime generously over your planting area. Then add a thick layer of compost; at least 3-4 inches (or more!) of lightweight, crumbly compost. (Avoid the cheap bagged compost that is heavy and mucky. Look for the lightweight, crumbly kind that still has a lot of partially decomposed plant material visible in it.) After you've put on the layers of lime and compost, turn it all over and mix it into your sandy soil. The lime will help offset the acidic soil pH caused by fallen pine needles, and the compost will improve the soil's water-holding capacity. Then you've got a great environment for just about any flowers or vegetables you'd like to grow.