Grow a Good-Mood Garden

Ward off bad moods with a mood-boosting backyard garden.

By Emily Main

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Growing and primrose will put you in a better moodEvening Primrose

Eat it: Evening primrose is technically a wildflower. Its seeds have the highest levels of tryptophan (which your body uses to make mood-boosting serotonin) of any plant. In the fall, when the flowers mature, the flowers’ seed pods begin to fill up. Harvest a few and grind them as you would flaxseed into your favorite dishes.

Grow it: Evening primrose is drought-tolerant and easy to grow either in containers or in the ground. You can find varieties with flowers ranging from deep reds to light yellows. Sow the seeds in groups of four. They’ll start to appear in 14 to 28 days.

Read More: Organic Guide to Edible Flower

Photo: (cc) matsuyuki/Flickr

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