Gardening Soil

Soil Your Underwear to Test Your Soil

Did you know that you can check the biological activity in your garden soil by burying cotton underwear in it? If the soil is rich in microbes and therefore healthy, after 2 months there will be almost nothing left. If your tighty-whities are still almost intact, though … well, you’ve got some work to do!

For more information, read this announcement from the Soil Conservation Council of Canada.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

10 comments on “Soil Your Underwear to Test Your Soil

  1. What if they look like that before they get buried?

  2. Oh, very interesting tip. Thank you!

  3. The info doesn’t include what time of year to do this. How warm (or cold) does it have to be??

  4. Heather Carr

    Can this be done now (November) or is it more of a spring-summer thing?

  5. Now I know what to do with the tighty-whities that my husband ordered (in the wrong size).

  6. Love the title and the post. It keeps soil testing simple in a very complex year. Thank you for sharing!

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