Grow a Good-Mood Garden

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

By Emily Main

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Growing and eating Lavender will put you in a better moodLavender

Smell it: Gardens don’t have to be all about edibles (even though you can eat lavender). According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, aromatherapy treatments involving lavender and a few other herbs are often used to supplement depression treatments, because the scent is so relaxing.

Grow it: Plant a lavender seedling in a container made from a material that breathes, such as terra-cotta, and choose a pot about 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Place your pot in an area that gets lots of sunlight; lavender loves dry, sunny areas. English lavender is both fragrant and edible, if you feel like adding some lavender flowers to your cooking.

More: Top 10 Flowering Herbs

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