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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.

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