Have You Made a 2014 Garden Plan Yet?

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I love this photo from Linsay's kitchen tour in December; it reminded me that it's time to start dreaming about the spring garden. The quiet, snow-drifted winter months are the best time to be planning and plotting your 2014 garden. Have you started yet? Here's what I'm planning...

I moved to a new-old house last year and while the renovation swallowed up all our dinero for the time being, I'm looking ahead and planning for a long-term garden. I am working with my friend Jennifer, a garden designer and garden book author, and she's helping me design a total yard renovation. Our yard is in poor shape, with piles of mud thrown up during home construction (yes, still there a year later), and a front porch that's half-rotten. Fixing those problems and building the long-term vision, complete with patio and new garden boxes, will take several years, I imagine, as we do it bit by bit, budget and time allowing.

But that doesn't mean that I can't have a garden this year. I was so tuckered out from home renovation last year I didn't buy a single pot of herbs, but I missed them badly (and spent way too much money on herbs at the grocery store). This year I am going to plant some herbs in containers, and perhaps a mini bed with one or two tomato plants on the sunny side of the house.

So those are my plans — simultaneously grand and modest, long-term and short-term. What about you? Are you settling in with seed catalogs? Which are your favorites? (I'm loving Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and, on the non-edibles side, Old House Gardens.) I love Margaret Roach's garden blog A Way to Garden, and she shares her "garden chores" each month of the year; take a look to see January's:

my garden chores for january 2014 at A Way to Garden

And tell us about the space you're planning for; do you have a back yard and space and sun for rows of plants? Or are you working with a fire escape and a city-facing window? Here are some of our best tips for planning and starting a garden. Tell us your plans — let's start garden dreaming together.

(Image credits: Gina Biancaniello; Leela Cyd; Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.