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The 2014 Garden

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I riffled through my photos of my old garden tonight, and I had an overwhelming desire for a new one. We haven't quite had the energy or time to start a real garden yet at our new place, but I am not letting another summer go by without a few pots of basil, mint, and thyme at least.

What about you? Are you joining me with modest plans of a few pots of herbs, or is this the year you're finally starting your square-foot garden, like Regina?

Gardening can be large or small; it can be a tiny pot of thyme on a bedroom windowsill, or a mini-farm yielding pounds of tomatoes and pesto by the gallon.

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No matter what form a garden takes, it's incredibly satisfying and pleasurable to grow your own food. I'll never quite love peas the way I love fresh-shucked peas off my own vines; sure, they only produced a few handfuls, but those handfuls were glorious.

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Personally, I feel that herbs are the best investment for the gardener with limited time and space. I use fresh herbs by the handful all summer, and a small investment of a few dollars for plants and soil will give back in pesto and herb-scented salads. And since herbs are (basically) just weeds, they grow with very little coaxing.

What are your gardening plans this year? Are you planning a big swath of tomatoes? A bumper crop of zucchini? We'd love to hear all about it!

(Image credits: 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.