What Is Potting Soil? (A Guide to Soil Substrates)
From horticultural sand to sphagnum moss, learn about some of the basic ingredients that you can buy or create to make your own mixes.
Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers, and Those 3 Little Numbers
This article describes and explains the chemical components of synthetic fertilizer and the meaning of those three numbers on the bags and bottles. Also included is a list of organic sources of fertilizer for each of the components.
How Cacti and Succulent Soil Is Different From Ordinary Potting Soil
What's the difference between regular potting soil and soil made for growing cacti and succulents? Does it even matter? Learn how to get the best results for all your plants, starting with soil!
How to Dispose of Large Amounts of Old Potting Soil
Disposing of potting soil takes a little more effort than one would think. Learn different ways to get rid of large amounts of old potting soil in your home or business premises.
How to Create a No-Till Garden: Healthier Soil, Less Work
Healthier soil and less labor—what is there not to love about no-tilling gardening? Read on to learn some tips and tricks for this marvelous method of gardening.
How Different Soil Types Absorb Water in Your Garden
You can make your garden better by understanding soil. Some soil types can absorb and hold moisture like rich chocolate cake, while others resist water like the surface of a saltine cracker. Why does this happen? What difference does it make? It all begins with learning the basics of soil texture.
Understanding Your Garden’s Soil
A successful garden starts with having healthy soil. Since not not just any dirt will help your plants grow plants well, take some time to learn about your soil's current qualities, and what you can do to improve the soil for the plants in your garden.
How to Prepare Your Soil for Attractive, Healthy Plants
Good soil is the foundation of a successful garden. If you want healthy plants, you need to know your soil and how to prepare it for planting flowers, shrubs, and trees.
How to Check Your Soil's pH Without Purchasing a Soil Testing Kit
Understanding the type of soil you have will allow you to be a more successful gardener. But how does one get to know more about their soil? By conducting a soil pH test, of course!
The Importance of Knowing Different Types of Soil
If you don't know which type of soil you have, you won't know which types of flowers, shrubs, and trees you'll be able to grow successfully. This article will review the different soil types, show you how to determine which type you have, and show how to improve your soil.
How to Prepare Soil for a Healthy Vegetable Garden
Trying to plant and grow a vegetable garden? Not sure how to prepare the soil? Knowing the characteristics of your soil is something many novice gardeners fail to do before planting. Read about pH levels, N-P-K levels, and mulching.
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) Fertilizer Guide
Understanding nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) fertilizer labels is essential to growing lush, healthy lawns, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. The quantity of each nutrient is equally important.
Organic vs. Non-Organic Soil
There are many differences between organic and non-organic soils. Mulch, compost, and manure are organic and will transform a nutrient-deficient soil into a rich organic environment for plants. Perlite, vermiculite, expanded clay aggregate, and rockwool are non-organic. They are heavily used in hydroponics and as soil amendments for potted plants.
How to Reuse Potting Soil Safely
Wondering what to do with old potting soil? Lower the cost and reduce the hassle of filling seasonal containers by reusing last year’s soil. To minimize risk to your plants and maximize the effectiveness of used soil, follow these soil-recycling tips.