Cooking with profound ambivalence.

If you happen to live in an apartment with a balcony or a deck, or have a yard of some sort, this is the time to get serious about growing some food! Herbs are extremely easy, and a huge pot of parsley, mint, and basil will serve you well all summer. Also useful is a mixed pot of thyme, rosemary, and sage. If you want to grow vegetables as well, lettuce is a good one to start early, as is chard. 

Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence is a good way to get in the mood. It’s all about being old and British and puttering, which is what a fussy little herb garden is all about. 

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