Thinking of growing your own fresh herbs? Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to grow, as French Thymewell as one of the most versatile. Like most herbs, it is best planted in full sun and needs well-drained soil. It grows well in containers, too. During the first year, harvest sparingly. Leaves can be harvested throughout the summer by cutting stems, but the flavor is best just before flowering. To dry, cut stems just as the flowers begin to open–dried thyme retains its flavor better than many herbs.
Slow to release flavor; thyme is usually added early in the cooking process; but it is a strong flavor, a little goes a long way. When cooking, use 1/3 as much dried as fresh thyme. In the garden, or in pots, thyme mixes well with lavender, rosemary, basil, and oregano.