It's official, there is a chemical called 'serotonin' which is released in your body when you are in contact with earth and soil. This chemical is known as the 'Happy Chemical', as it is a naturally occurring anti-depressant. Are we silly not to sit up and take action?
So, universally everyone strives to be 'happy'. If getting our hands dirty and pottering in our garden is the secret of happiness, let's start today! Trouble sleeping? Ask any gardener – most people working with earth and soil sleep soundly. I always thought it was exhaustion but it's now officially due to the 'happy chemical'.
Personally, I think it's working. How else could I cope with 5 bad summers, running a garden centre, homestore and restaurant, as well as being a busy mum? Serotonin must be kicking in! So take action and like everything, start slowing, allow yourself 1 hour a day out in your garden (very early in the morning is a terrific time!), weed, dig and sow your way to happiness.
Expose your children to Nature!
Your child's creativity and imagination will start in your garden and out in nature. Are you going to deny them of this?
How to Make a Garden Interesting for Kids...
- Have lots of curves
- Make little secret areas
- Add a tree house or play area
- Plant a few trees to offer shade
- Picnic table
- Brightly painted pots and containers
- A glasshouse or tunnel (great for a wet day!)
- A brightly painted garden shed
- A wildlife garden with lots of bird houses & bushes to attract butterflies
- A garden of 'incredible edibles'!