Harvesting our Undies!!

20 Jul

The day finally came to harvest our Undies!!!

If you remember back about two months, the kids and I buried some tighty whities in a tall fescue field by our house. The plan was to dig them up and see how much activity was in the soil that would breakdown the underwear.

If I’m being honest, I was nervous. I mean, what if they looked like perfectly white underwear??!!! What if our soil that had been tilled just this past fall had really killed all the microbes?! What if our efforts to keep our soils healthy didn’t matter?! What if, what if, what if….

But there was nothing left to do but dig….

and dig….

and then we finally started to get a glimpse of the dirty waistband. It was an exciting moment as we pulled them out and saw that there was absolutely nothing left. Like nothing!!!!! Holy smokes!

It was a pretty fun experiment to see how much just 60 days in some healthy soil can destroy a pair of tighty whities!

This isn’t the usual way we check on the health of our soil. But it was a cool way to connect with an item that everyone is familiar with to the soil that we as farmers are familiar with.

4 Responses to “Harvesting our Undies!!”

  1. Far West Turf September 5, 2019 at 4:18 am #

    Excellent explanation, it’s simple & focus. Keep up the great work!

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  2. suz July 27, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    i’m w/emily, i loved this experiment and loved it for your kids, too. how exciting. i-heart-good-farm-dirt. –suz in ohio

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  3. pat July 27, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    So, did you give them back to Matt? He can wear them to the beach?

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  4. Emily P July 26, 2019 at 10:41 pm #

    Woohoo! I loved this experiment—so fun. Good on ya for that healthy soil, cousin!

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