Get down, dirty, healthy
Soil contains natural antidepressants that can make you happier and healthier.
A bacteria, mycobacterium vaccae, that is found in dirt is said to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide.
It may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier.
Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems.
Most avid gardeners will tell you that their plots are their “happy places” and the actual physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy https://www.gardening- knowhow. com/ garden- howto/soil-fertilizers/antidepressantmicrobes-soil.htm
Growing Plants in Pure Compost
Growing plants in pure compost can cause problems with water retention and stability as well. When mixed with topsoil, compost works wonders with water, as it allows good drainage through heavy soil while it retains water in sandy soil. Used on its own, however, compost drains quickly and promptly dries out. Lighter than most soils, it can’t provide the stability necessary for strong root systems. It also compacts over time, which is especially bad for containers that won’t be nearly as full a few weeks after you plant in them. So while it may be tempting, planting in pure compost is not a good idea. That’s not to say you shouldn’t plant in compost at all. Just an inch or two of good compost mixed with your existing topsoil is all your plants need.
BEAUTIFUL PAYBACK: The proper selection and placement of perennials can reap beautiful rewards for years to come. Many colourful plants are not only pleasing to the eye, but they also appeal to wildlife, such as hummingbirds.