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Gardening Helps Colorado Springs Man Overcome Thumb-Sucking Habit

June 5, 2001

Bald head pictureCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Colorado Springs local Greg Miller has overcome a nasty thumb-sucking habit through unconventional means. By working in the garden behind his home, Miller claims his gardening activities help calm his nerves when he feels the insatiable urge to stick his thumb in his mouth.

"It helps me when I get the jitters and I want to suck my thumb." said Greg, a friend of Steve "ColoradoGuy" Garufi, who spoke of the habit as an addiction.

Calling it "garden therapy," Miller is considering leading a therapeutic support group for others who find improvement in their mental health through gardening.

sickly tomato plantPerhaps there are no real coincidences! Later in the day, Steve admitted that he too sucked his thumb until he was in the sixth grade. "That was real embarrassing for me ... I remember being made fun of a lot."

Beets, carrots, corn stalks, peppers and tomatoes grow in the small, 4 x 12 foot garden. However, many of the plants appeared yellow and pale.

"I'm not sure if I'm watering them too much or too little." said Greg, who believes the harsh, dry Colorado weather may not be conducive for the vegetables he selected to grow. "...I still enjoy the gardening, even though there's something terribly wrong with a lot of these plants."

"All I've got to say is, that's one sorry-looking tomato plant." chimed Steve, with a giggle.

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