Dirt rich instead of dirt poor!
We buried our wife’s panties in the backyard yesterday. Not ashamed to admit it. (No, she wasn’t in them! PEOPLE!)
If (the royal) we had our life to do over again we would have studied law (did as an undergraduate) or taken soil science. Maybe both. Got to be a niche law practice buried there, somewhere.
Topsoil is like human skin — a living organ in its own right. Wisconsin even has an official state soil: Antigo silt loam (as Mrs. Olson would say about mountain-grown coffee, “The best kind.”)
The creator chose to bestow kiln-worthy clay onto the Blaska Experimental Work Farm (and Penal Colony). Over the years the unlettered field hands have worked in manure from Brother Mike’s farm, kitchen waste, and macerated fall leaves to the point the soil is black and fluffy as brownie cake mix.
So, an exhibit at the Farm Art D’Tour (sponsored by the Worm Farm Institute) caught our attention. It was the “Sauk County Soiled Undies Challenge.” What a concept! Farmers and other land owners buried their BVDs in the ground — some in pasture, some in tilled soybean fields, others in no-till corn fields, more in lawns or woodlands. Left their undies (presumably cotton or silk) for a month or so, then dug them up. The more raggedy the remains, the healthier the soil — evidence that the hills were alive (not with the Sound of Music) but with earthworms, protozoa, arthropods, and healthful bacteria. It is claimed one teaspoon of healthy soil contains more organisms (7.8 billion) than there are people on our planet.
It is why we aerate the greenswards at the Stately Manor, so those critters can breathe and roots can spread. We buried the Lovely Lisa’s unmentionables in the compost dirt pile out back. It takes the daily supply of banana peels, coffee grounds, egg shells, and various rinds. In mid-June field hands populated the pile with one-half pound of red wigglers and European night crawlers. (“Blaska has worms!”)
The Soiled Your Undies Challenge is sponsored by the Sauk Soil & Water Improvement Group (SSWIG), which sounds like a fun bunch. (Are they on Meet-Up?) Came across their exhibit (pictured) in the hamlet of Witwen on County Hwy. E (stop #16 of the Farm Art D’Tour) which runs through Monday 10-10-22.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’ll dig up Lisa’s briefs early next month. Drove a stake into the compost pile to mark the location. If we’re lucky, there’ll be nothing left but rich soil and fat worms. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust and all that. Christmas is only three months away, we’ll buy the wife another pair.