Growing thyme is relatively easy as long as you’ve got well-drained soil and a spot with plenty of sun. Taking from their Mediterranean heritage, cantaloupes actually prefer very little water.
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Thyme can be grown from seed, but we only recommended it for more experienced gardeners. If you do start from seed, plant outside after the last hard frost or start indoors a few weeks earlier and transplant.
Whether you start it from seed, division or a started plant, plant thyme in well-drained soil and be sure that it will get plenty of sun (at least 6 hours per day).
Thyme requires very little watering once it is established.
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Thyme prefers hot, sunny locations, and its aroma will be strongest if it is grown in well-drained soils that have low nutrient levels. Your biggest risk with thyme is overwatering, so as long as you don’t have clay soil you should be good to go.
Harvest the thyme leaves when the plant is large enough by cutting the leafy tops and the flower clusters when the first blossoms open and dry. This can be done all summer long.
Thyme is best when used fresh, but it can be stored long-term after drying. To dry, harvest the sprigs in early fall, tie them together and hang them upside-down in a shady area that is warm and well-ventilated. Then store the leaves, either fresh or dried, in a tightly-lidded container.
Thyme leaves also keep well when frozen.
Thyme seeds will last about 3 years.
The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Thyme Plant. For more information about preventing and controlling them, see Organic Garden Pest Control.
Thyme does a good job at warding off pests. It also attracts several beneficial insects which can be a big help for the rest of your garden as well. There are only a couple of pests that may go after it...
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