EXCUSE me, readers, I'm just off to sniff the soil for a few minutes as I need a perk-up.
Actually, to come clean, I'm not really under the weather, yet it's now official that certain aromas from the garden can have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing.
A study by Hozelock, from research at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, found that inhaling bacteria in soil while digging can help reduce susceptibility to depressive health disorders.
Patients with depression suffered "significantly reduced" anxiety after gardening.
So now we know for sure: Get your hands dirty, breathe the soil and stay happy.
I have to confess, though, that, given a choice, I'd prefer to bury my nostrils in a bunch of roses rather than a clod of earth.