Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:41
First! I know its a bit early to be posting on here but i really wanted to talk about something Verdun mentioned yesterday.
It is no great secret that the reason I retired early was after a long battle against depression which after several years I lost. It is my belief that gardening was the main reason that I repaired my life and that this may be applicable to many sufferers.
I think that there are several reasons for its beneficial effects: firstly the exercise and fresh air, then there seems to be some sort of reconnection to a more primitive way of life which seems to be good for us. Also seeing new life whenever we grow things from scratch seems to produce an effect a bit like the bringing of new human life.
Also I think that when depressed so much in life seems to give you negative feedback but, the garden always seemed to be telling me that I was good at something.
Sorry to be so serious but, talking about it is a great help to me.