All Things Gardening forum: Dirt does make you happy!

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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
May 29, 2016 8:16 PM CST
I've often said that gardening is my therapy, and now there's science to back it up. Thumbs up

Antidepressant microbes in the soil - who would have guessed?!
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 30, 2016 7:31 PM CST
I know it works. Before I retired when I would come home and have a bad day the first place I would go is to the gardens and pull weeds. It always made me feel good. Smiling
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
May 30, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Yes! Lots if dirt, soil, perlite, peat etc, and empty pots! My gardening security blanket!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Sandy
Croft, PA (Zone 5a)
Region: Pennsylvania Daylilies Bee Lover Hummingbirder The WITWIT Badge Birds
Butterflies Dragonflies
May 30, 2016 8:10 PM CST
I just like to play in the dirt. Lovey dubby
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 31, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Yes getting dirty is good. I had a major clothing dry cleaning bill because many times I was so angry when I got out of the car after work I did not even go inside and change. I went straight to the garden and attacked the weeds.

My daughter would look out the window and say "You had a bad day" I will talk to you when you come inside. Hilarious!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)

Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
May 31, 2016 4:36 PM CST
Hilarious! Thumbs up @Cinta
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jun 2, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Pulling weeds can really help you work out frustrations. I cleared a nice size patch of yard when my best friend was near the end of her cancer battle. Tearing up the yard was much more productive than punching the wall.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Jun 7, 2016 6:20 PM CST
I have one quibble with that article:

>> "Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy"

I'm glad they said "without chemical dependency potential".

Anyone who knows a gardener knows that gardening is severely habit-forming and outright addictive.

If it is a non-chemical dependency, does that make gardening an organic addiction?

[Last edited by RickCorey - Jun 9, 2016 12:05 PM (+)]
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