After living and working in San Francisco, Dr. Jonathan Vrban looks forward to the next chapter in his life. Outside of work, Dr. Jon Vrban spends time managing his tropical herb gardens and compiling his recipes into a cookbook. He studies classic recipes before he writes his own recipes. He is a home chef and a self-professed perfectionist. Jon will retest a recipe countless times, writing all of his changes to the recipes before giving it his stamp of approval.
First-time gardeners interested in introducing a few herbs to their garden have a number of options to choose from. Basil is one of the simplest to grow and comes in dozens of styles, making it an easy pick for amateur gardeners. Basil benefits from being planted in full sun, and once grown can be used in foods as diverse as pesto and cinnamon. Chives are just as easy to handle as basil, if not more, as they can thrive in small container gardens. Sunny, well-drained soil will result in chives that can provide dishes with a light onion flavor. Lastly, gardeners seeking the tangy flavor of dill should begin planting straight away. Dill, like many easy-to-grow herbs, benefits from full sunlight. Should the gardener allow a few seeds to ripen on the plant, dill will self-seed for the following season.
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jonathan Vrban maintains involvement in a vast array of professional and personal projects, honing his talents as a writer, chef, and gardener.