How to Grow Thyme with elements Restaurant’s Scott Anderson

The woody herb makes a great addition to your gardening bucket list
How to Grow Thyme

Scott Anderson of Elements gives his tips for growing the staple herb


How to Grow Thyme

With summer coming to a close, we begin to harvest our gardens, so now is a better time than ever to start making a check list of do’s and don’ts for next year’s season. If you’re looking for a new and easy gardening project that’ll give you double the return, add thyme to your gardening bucket-list for next spring.

Most commonly associated with French and Italian cooking, the woody herb is a stress-free and basic plant to add to your garden. The easiest way to grow thyme is to start with a plant that’s already established, a method known as "cutting," and to transfer it into lean and dry soil that gets plenty of sunlight. While thyme can be easily grown indoors, the most rewarding way to do it is outdoors in "bush form," similar to Scott Anderson’s garden of thyme that he shows us in his interview with The Daily Meal. As Anderson mentions, thyme is a great outdoor plant because it holds up well during cold weather and is perennial, which means it’ll come back every spring because it grows without having to be reseeded. To harvest your thyme, make sure to use kitchen shears or a clipper, because the sturdy wooden stems make it easy to pull out the root when trimming.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce