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Take the 'Soil your Undies' Challenge

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Healthy soil is full of tiny lifeforms - bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods and earthworms. A fun way to determine the biology in your soil is by performing the Soil Your Undies Challenge. This challenge consists of burying a pair of 100% cotton undies beneath your soil and digging them up two months later. The cotton is food for the hard-working microbes, therefore, the more cotton gone the more biology your soil contains.

Dr. Stephen Shafer, customer, collaborator and owner of Anchorage Farm, shared his soil your undies results with us. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Looks like his soil contains quite a few hungry microbes.

Have you taken part in the Soil Your Undies challenge? If so, we would love to hear about your results.

Click here to view Stephen's analysis from his first soil your undies experiment performed last year.