August 15, 2012
A bacteria found in dirt may act like a natural anti-depressant.
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I’m not surprised by the recent finding that dirt may be good for your mental health. I could have told you that and my grandmothers would have concurred. They knew, as I do, that there is something inherently therapeutic about making and keeping a garden.
I have always loved dirt. The texture, moisture, the earthiness of soil in my hands sends endorphins surging through me. When I transplant a seedling bare-handed, the dirt tells me if I need to loosen it some more, or add more compost. Garden gloves muffle the message, put too much distance between me, the root ball and the bed I am making for it. Read more