‘Soil Your Undies’: Keepers of Mono Pollinator Garden bury underwear to learn more about soil health
Volunteers at Mono’s pollinator garden gave new meaning to the term “soiling your undies” this year.
Of course, they didn’t do so in the traditional sense.
Earlier this year, the volunteers at Mono Pollinator Garden decided to celebrate the opening of their gardening season with a “Soil Your Undies” test that has become quite popular in North America.
“It was kind of funny, but it was also educational,” said Jutta Holdenreid, head of the garden maintenance group. “We had done it in the past and just wanted to repeat it.”
The test, with its tongue-in-cheek name, is built on sound biological and scientific principles and involves “planting” cotton underwear in various parts of the garden. The biological breakdown caused by microbes in the soil is expected to cause some degeneration to the cotton fabric.
Those soil microbe levels determine how much the underwear would break down and disappear, which helps