Thyme is a savory herb that comes in several varieties. It’s used in cooking, especially dishes with meat or cheese, or in tea for sore throat and coughs. It is also said to repel pests.

by Dani Yokhna
PHOTO: cookbookman17/Flickr

Size: 6 to 12 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—herbs in containers need more moisture.

Soil requirements: Well-drained, alkaline soil that isn’t heavily fertilized

When to plant: Direct-seed or divide plants for replanting in early- to mid-spring.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

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When to harvest: 90 to 95 days after planting (June or July is best.)

Produce storage: Store in a cool, dark space, or freeze in airtight containers for 6 to 8 months.

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