Soil Your Undies! How to Use Your Pants to Test Soil Health

This is something that had to be shared!

Farmers all over the world are burying their pants to find out how healthy their soil is in an inexpensive experiment. So how does that work?

The microbes in healthy soil will start to break down the cotton briefs pretty fast. Within a period of two months, there should be significant damage to the underwear. If they come up looking the same but a bit dirtier, your soil needs work!

Take a look at the experiment in more detail here:

And here’s an explanation of how the science works:

Please try this at home, and send us your before and after photos! We’d love to see your undies 🙂

Cover Photo Credit: Karolina Grabowska (

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