When does rock become soil?

Rock starts becoming soil the moment it is exposed to the environment. But it’s a long transformation process from exposed rock to a mature soil. Depending on the nature of the rock and other factors in its surroundings, that time period can range between tens to tens of thousands of years! The sandstone, top layer, … Continue reading When does rock become soil?

Do plants and soil really ‘talk’?

Well, it depends upon how we define ‘talk,' doesn’t it? Surely most folks are aware that plants are not articulate in the sense that they could recite Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet to the soil beneath them: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” A sonnet-quoting tomato. Original illustration by Jake Mowrer provided with permission for … Continue reading Do plants and soil really ‘talk’?