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Hi, I am not new to gardening, but I am not an old hand at it either. I hope to learn a lot from the members of this community, and hopefully, find a way to give something back to it. Temperatures are getting warmer here in Southwestern Quebec, Canada, and I am beginning to feel real spring in the air. I am hanging in like crazy for the day the gardening centre and our local farms start offering some offbeat plants for me to try and grow. I am particularly interested in growing lavender and mint and other herbs and flowers. Thank you for the addition to this forum, I do truly appreciate it. Lynn
 

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Hi Lynn, when it comes to growing a plant especially lavender and mint and other herbs and flowers it really doesn't take that much effort as long as you have enough sunlight and water. Herbs are well known to repel insects and attract bees. So it's a win-win situation for you. All you really need is nutrient-rich soil, bees, flowers, and an herb or two ( some people grow up to 10 herbs and flowers at a time) and then off you go. Visit this site http://richmondhedges.com/ they can help you in many ways about gardening.
 

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I think you should start your gardening with metal raised garden beds
Some of the benefits of raised bed gardening are:

Less weeds
Better water retention in areas that have super-sandy soil
Better drainage in areas with clay soils
More growing space
No soil compaction from human feet
Warmer soil earlier in the season
Warmer soil for a longer season
 
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