Like we needed another study. Regardless, Science Daily reports that eating four or more servings of green salad a week, combined with a couple of sessions in the garden, reduces the risk of lung cancer among both smokers and non-smokers. And just think–they can actually grow that lettuce in their garden, thus bringing the whole thing full circle! And beer drinkers who grow their own hops can also–oh, never mind.
(This photo represents Science Daily’s idea of what gardening looks like: a woman wearing actual make-up and a v-neck sweater, cheerful sticking her spade into an impatien. Just look at those healthy lungs!)
In far more interesting news, Science Daily says that bulbs can actually move themselves to the correct planting depth, thus compensating for the careless actions of you bulb-planting maniacs. I’ve even read that it doesn’t actually matter whether you plant the bulb right side up or not. Just throw ’em in the ground–they’ll sort themselves out.
And finally–for those of us who ONLY garden while intoxicated–the Brits offer some sensible garden gift advice and suggest an antique sterling silver hip flask for only about five hundred bucks. How civilized.