I grew up in a 1970s ranch-style house on an acre of land in front of a corn (soybean, on alternating years) field. Our neighbor, the field’s owner, allowed my father, the son of a farmer and a horticulture teacher, to plant and grow his own garden in a small patch of that field every year. And my three brothers and I – no matter if we wanted to or not – were his helpers. I confess that I do not necessarily have fond memories of shelling peas or picking beans but I never minded taking care of and harvesting the herbs.
Today I live in a 5th-floor walkup apartment in Harlem, New York City and I still grow my own herbs – though now in pots in my kitchen instead of on the edge of a 30-acre soybean field. Most herbs are quite easy to nurture, as long as you have a source of light for them – be that a window that receives a lot of sun or a grow light such as the Sunblaster Micro Grow Light Garden: