Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Did you know...?

Did you know that digging in the dirt makes you happy? 

There's a type of good bacteria that lives in dirt and when it touches your skin it acts as an antidepressant.  The scientific name for this bacteria is Mycobacterium vaccae.  Scientists are not quite sure how, but contact with the dirt bacteria signals the brain to produce a chemical called serotonin.  A lack of serotonin is thought to cause depression in people.

Maybe that's why I was so happy to play in the dirt and mud as a kid (it would entertain me for hours, especially if I had my little plastic toy animals)!

So with that in mind, who has their own garden?

My kitchen garden is running wild! :-D  I have been able to harvest turnips, radishes, most of my herbs, and my leafy greens!  And I should have tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, fennel, and possibly some cucumbers and beans within the next week or two.

I think my problem was being too worried about frost and not planting my seeds early enough...otherwise I would have a lot more produce ripening by now.  Oh well, not to shabby for my first kitchen garden if I can say so myself, lol.  How is yours coming along?