How long has it been since you played in the dirt? There a lot to be said about the benefit of gardening – not just for the fresh organic food.
Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels – contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain according to research. Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
Ironically, in the face of our hyper-hygienic, germicidal, protective clothing, obsessive health-and-safety society, there’s been a lot of interesting research emerging in recent years regarding how good dirt is for us, and dirt-deficiency in childhood is implicated in contributing to quite a spectrum of illnesses including allergies, asthma and mental disorders.
At least now I have a new insight into why I compulsively garden without gloves and have always loved the feeling of getting my bare hands into the dirt and compost heap.
There’s much more to be said about the benefits, who needs gardening tips?🤓
Work in progress, I start everything from seed and perfect time with all this rain.
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I’ve had a major problem with snails in my garden, they obviously love purple bean plants.
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They can carry parasites so I don’t handle them – best trick is to pour salt on them, they quickly die and no need for poisons in the garden.
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If you see your plant leaves devoured or with little holes – you probably have slugs or snails.
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Only bad thing using salt is the little $&@?%# only come out late at night.
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You can also use eggs shells and crumble them up and spread them out near where they like to eat.
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I also use marigolds, rosemary and lemon balm plants to keep bad critters away – they don’t like the smell.
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Last gardening tip, for those of you who kill plants like it’s your job…brown leaves mean not enough water and yellow leaves means to much water.
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