Dear Ask Kitty,
I am not new to gardening, but I have a strange question for you. I feel so good when I am working in my garden, everything is so full and bountiful! Someone told me it is just an escape but I really feel good. What do you think?
Feeling the Garden Love
Dear Feeling the Garden Love,
Well this is a garden question much different than usual. I do have an answer. Perhaps it is a garden “escape” like a retreat of sorts. Science however has also proven that working in the garden (with soil) is quantifiably good for your well being.
Of course there are many reasons being in your garden is good for you and makes you feel good, such as connecting with nature. It’s also a good meditative practice, gentle exercise, it’s fun and it encourages a nurturing connection with life.
Scientist and research have added to this list. It’s a strain of bacterium called MYCOBACTERIUM VACCAE. This unseeable bacterium is found in the soil, you let it in by having your hands in the soil. It also is taken in by the breaths of good soil scent. This bacterium prompts your body to release serotonin which elevates your mood and decreases anxiety. This bacterium can also improve cognitive function. Research is ongoing for this bacterium to someday be used to treat cancer and other illnesses. So an escape? Maybe. But it is also scientifically beneficial! Not to mention all it’s other good points! So yes working in your garden makes you feel good.
Happily Agreeing with Science,