Aromatic leaves season meats, poultry, stews, sauces, soups and dressings.
Thyme is one of the most widely used culinary herbs. It is commonly grown as a decorative and functional plant in many home gardens, and bees use its pollen to make delectable honey. It is easy to grow and adaptable to most soils and climatic conditions and is perennial in USDA zone 5-11. Start early indoors.
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last anticipated frost. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in seed starting formula and keep evenly moist. Place containers in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge. Seedling emerge in 14-21 days.
How to Grow
Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have at least two pairs of leaves. Before transplanting outside, "harden off" plants by moving them to a sheltered location outdoors for one week. After last frost, set out in garden 12" apart. Thymes need full sun and well-drained soil. The life span of thyme plants averages about 5-6 years. If you notice the plants are beginning to deteriorate, prune the existing plants back hard to rejuvenate them.
Snip sprigs off of the plant for fresh use or bundle and dry for storage. This classic herb's aromatic leaves season many meats, poultry, stews, sauces, soups, dressings and vegetable dishes. It makes a great low, evergreen hedge. Thyme is also a great border plant or addition to a rock garden.