We lived in the Bay Area for over a decade together before moving to Phoenix. I tried several times to start an herb garden on our balcony, but would nearly always forget to water it. What happens when you don’t water things? Yup, they die.
Partially, it was not having easy access to water on the balcony, which meant filling up the water canister in the kitchen sink. Pretty much if it involves an extra step, then it will not happen in the long run. My California herb gardens were short-lived for this reason.