If you've ever had a conversation with Cochise County Master Gardner Jan Groth, sooner or later she'll remind you exactly how good gardening is for your health.

In fact, she'll back her claim up with science. "Soil," she says, "is an antidepressant."

Spring gardening is good for your mental health.
Soil contains mycobacterium vacii, a microorganism. The scent helps us produce serotonin. // Canva

According to Jan, soil contains mycobacterium vacii, a microorganism found in soil, compost, and leaf mold. The scent lights up the neurotransmitters that release serotonin, our mood-lifting hormone.

"So, get outdoors and garden!" Jan is the cheerleader for gardening in Cochise County. The Cochise County Master Gardeners are at the forefront of community education in this area, and they're here to help you get your Spring garden off to a good start.

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Spring gardening is good for your mental health.
Background: Canva / Foreground: Jan Groth, Cochise County Master Gardeners

Cochise County Master Gardener's Workshop: Spring Gardening 101

Whether you're a seasoned gardener, a transplanted gardener from another growing zone, or brand new to digging and growing in Arizona soil, this is the perfect place to begin.

READ: Learn Winter Gardening Techniques with the Master Gardeners

Spring gardening is good for your mental health.

Join the Cochise County Master Gardeners at the University of Arizona, Sierra Vista Campus for this workshop, Spring Gardening 101 on FRIDAY, April 26, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Find them behind Cochise College at 1140 North Colombo Avenue in Sierra Vista in Groth Hall's Public Meeting Room.

READ: Drip Irrigation Workshop at the University of Arizona 

What You'll Learn at Spring Gardening 101


The two-hour class will lightly touch on several topics, instead of offering an in-depth class in a single area. The class will cover:

  • Proper planting techniques
  • Proper watering
  • Proper fertilization techniques
  • An overview of Cochise County soils and soil health
  • Pruning perennials and shrubs
  • Pruning ornamental and shade trees (not fruit trees)
  • Vegetable gardening
  • The class will use the Sunset Western Garden Book
Spring gardening is good for your mental health.

How to Register for the Class

The cost of the class is only $5 and may be paid at the door in cash or by check.

To ensure there are enough materials and seats for all participants, REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. TO REGISTER, TEXT or CALL (520) 559-7078

All proceeds benefit the Discovery Gardens at UA Sierra Vista and the Cochise County Master Gardeners Educational Outreach Programs. Special thanks to Jan Groth of the Cochise County Master Gardeners for the Information contained in this article.

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