the softer, friable part of land; soil, especially productive soil; the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; "they dug into the earth outside the church"
Would soil also be used in the following context:I would use improving the soil in a gardening or farming context, if you mean that you are augmenting the soil in order to make the plants/crops grow better. [...]
Dirt is what you wash off of your car or wipe off of your shoes, not what you grow plants in--and not something that can be improved. However, dirt is commonly used by non-gardeners to describe what is in a garden or flower pot.
For some reason that I can't explain, I would expect that to be a bag of soil, not a sack, and the stuff that MrsP gets me to buy for this purpose is called compost, not soil. I suspect that allows the garden centre to charge a great deal more for it.Would soil also be used in the following context:
I'm going to replant the anemones today, will you buy me a sack of soil on your way back?
Would dirt work too?