Soil Your Undies With Us!
May 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am – July 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Tighty whities can tell us about our soil health.
Soils are home to more than 25% of all living species on Earth! A single teaspoon of healthy soil contains a million individuals representing thousands of species. These unseen organisms play a crucial role in soil health by breaking things down into their smallest, simplest forms.
Enter the underwear.
Microbes aren’t picky eaters. A pair of cotton underwear will be devoured by a thriving microbial community in just a few weeks. Burying your undies and digging them up later will indicate the state of your soil ecosystem. Join us at Tualatin SWCD as we investigate our local soils by Soiling Our Undies!
This giveaway is limited to Washington County residents.
How it works:
- Complete the form below and we’ll mail you a Soil Your Undies package that includes everything you need plus more fun for the family. Written instructions can be found on the fact sheet “Simple Methods to Get to Know Your Soil!” that’s included.
- Find a location on your property that you’d like to learn about.
- Dig a small hole and observe the soil.
- How many bugs can you find?
- Is the soil coarse, fine, or a mixture?
- What color is the soil?
- From your observations, make a prediction about how well the soil will break down your undies. Write it down on the included record sheet so you don’t forget when it’s time to check your results.
- Plant the undies horizontally, about 3 to 5 inches deep. Don’t forget to mark the spot where you buried them!
- Wait at least 60 days.
- Dig them up and take a look! Was your prediction correct?
- Share your results with us!
- Take photos of the planting and the harvest, then send them to us with a brief description of your experience. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See where other people are soiling their undies on this interactive map: https://bit.ly/2SLMzZH
- This campaign was created by the United States Department of Agriculture. If you’d like to add your entry to the map above, email your information to email@example.com