What happens to soil in winter? Does everything die?

Soil is essential to life. One reason is that soil protects plant roots, animals, and microbes from freezing in the winter. As air temperatures drop below 320F (00C), water within the top layers of the soil will eventually freeze. This is commonly known as the frost layer. So, while you think that once the ground … Continue reading What happens to soil in winter? Does everything die?

Is “potting soil” the same as the soil in my yard? Are both equally okay to use indoors?

Simply, no. The soil in your backyard is most likely a dynamic mixture of sand, silt and clay – depending on where you live. Most potting soils sold at garden stores aren’t ‘soils’ at all, but a mix of ingredients. Together, these ingredients can smooth the road to good plant growth. (Topsoil sold at garden … Continue reading Is “potting soil” the same as the soil in my yard? Are both equally okay to use indoors?