How to grow: *Germination: 14-21 days *Sow on surface of damp soil. Pinch off growing tips of upright varieties to make bushier plants. *Prefer well-drained but relatively poor soil. Thyme plants are susceptible to fungal diseases, avoid over watering. Wetting their leaves, while watering, also reduces their fragrance. *To keep plants from becoming too woody, cut back plants by one half after flowering, to encourage new growth. Thyme will become woody and needs to be divided or replaced after 3-4 years.
For cooking: *The flavor is best just prior to blooming. Often used in meat, poultry and fish dishes.