I love having some potted herbs in our apartment. I love to watch them grow, and sometimes ehm...talk to them. If you think a landscape architect graduate must be an expert in plants...um...you are wrong. I am a novice planter. There are a lot of researching and frustration in keeping my few plants healthy and pretty. As example, I saved my poinsettia my friend gave me last two Christmas and tried to make it rebloom red for last Christmas. I followed all the procedure such as placing in an uninterrupted-dark place for 12-14 hours every night for three months. What I got on Christmas time was green-leaved poinsettia; then all of sudden it bore red leaves...in February!
I didn't really plan on having plants in our apartment. Hearing a story of my friend's composting pile in his tiny apartment and worked well, I thought it wasn't such a bad idea after all to have a small herb corner to supply my kitchen. Yet I still thought that I would wait until I had a house. So all of my three indoor herbs are all nice coincidence. The basil came from seeds I got from a Solar Decathlon house I visited in DC last fall. The seeds were packed in a nice envelope as a souvenir from that particular house to encourage people to vote for their house and have indoor garden as part of a sustainable lifestyle they were promoting. The mint and lemon balm are from my friend Thea last Easter. They were exhausted and in bad shapes when they got to our apartment. I repotted them immediately and they grew so fast since then. I just harvested and pruned them because they got too high and needed to be treated because of some bugs.
So I can have herb tea whenever I want now. I can also have mojito on these hot spring days.