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Plant your pants!

Pants, trowel and rock on the earth under rhubarb leaves

Plant your pants!

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Healthy soil is vital for gardening and supporting nature. Planting cotton pants can help work out how healthy your soil is.

In November, we planted several pairs of pants in various raised beds at the Root’n’Fruit Community Garden. We marked them with painted rocks so we could find them again later.

Twelve weeks later, we dug them up to see if there was any sign of the cotton biodegrading. Most of the pants had developed holes, suggesting the soil was healthy.

Orange pants covered in dirt with large holes in the fabric
The soil microbes have done their work and started to biodegrade the pants

There is a full report with pictures of all the planted pants available below.