carrots fresh from the garden, via morguefileThe news that the NHS is piloting an eight-week course in gardening and vegetable growing to help combat depression is very welcome.

The process of growing some of your own food can have a restorative effect on mental health. Being part of the natural world, sowing, watering, weeding, pruning, harvesting and eating the plants helps to re-establish one’s individual connection with our planet, its seasons and rhythms.

There is, too, enough light exercise to boost endorphin levels.

(READ the story in the Guardian)

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