What I’m Grateful For AND What I Read About: Garden Dirt
There’s just nothing quite as wonderful as plain old garden dirt. It gets in your fingernails, in your hair, between your toes. It creates rivulets of mud as you try to hose off your legs at the spigot. It just feels RIGHT to get out and dig in the garden.
I’ve felt that way about dirt my whole life. My mom tells me that I used to sit out by the strawberry beds and eat worms when I was very little. This does sound like something I would have done, although I have no memory of it. I do have an amazing immune system and the only allergy I have is to too many days eating pepperoni in a row (go figure). So dirt has helped me thrive.
So I found it incredibly interesting to read some studies showing that garden-type dirt my be a bit of an antidepressant as well. I haven’t read the studies to fact-check it all, I just feel like I’m ok just accepting this as pretty fun to know – “Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm
Happy gardening this weekend everyone!
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Quote I’m Pondering: “My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig.” – Alice Walker