Healthy Soil Will Eat Your Underwear
March 10, 2017

How healthy is your soil? If you want to know, all you have to do is bury your underwear, says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs soil management specialist Adam Hayes.

Last summer, Hayes helped members of the Renfrew County Soil and Crop Improvement Association bury underwear in their fields to determine the amount of biological activity in their soils. They buried cotton briefs six to eight inches deep in the soil in late May and then dug them up in early August.

Hayes explains that healthy soils teeming with bacteria, fungi and earthworms will eat and devour cotton briefs, but they suffer much less damage in soils with lower levels of biological activity.

A video for tips on how to run the experiment on your farm is available at

Reprinted in part from realagriculture