Spring is in the air which makes me incredibly excited for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I LOVE playing in the dirt gardening. I could spend an entire weekend weeding and planting and digging –  it might be my very favorite thing. And even though my body gets sore from all of that work, I always feel great when I’m working outside (and I’m usually reluctant to come back inside)!

I always thought that it was the sun and fresh air that made me feel amazing but apparently there are microbes in the soil that stimulate serotonin production making me relaxed and happier’. According to this articleGardeners inhale the bacteria, have topical contact with it and get it into their bloodstreams when there is a cut or other pathway for infection’, which is great news for me because when I finish working in my garden I am COVERED in those healthy microbes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    kind of like that!

Maybe it’s time for a new flower bed around here…

I hope the weather is nice enough this weekend for you to get out and play in the dirt. I can’t wait to hear what you plant!