I had tried to grow basil myself without success in the last couple of years, but finally I managed to do it. The secret was growing them from seed. The basil from stores never managed to stick and just died away.
Here's the same basil with 20 days in between. I have done few trims and its starting to branch out into a bush! It's getting into a point that I can just snap basil at demand when making some bruchetta (Italian bread) or cooking pasta sauce.
I planted some grass onion as well. They seem to take up surprisingly lot of water.
Growing some herbs/food is a good exercise in lowering time preference (putting more importance for the future, ie. long-term planning) – useful skill when it comes to investing and life generally, too. Planting the seed and harvesting a bigger yield after time.