1. Growing conditions: Plant in a spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight per day. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
  2. Harvesting/pruning: Pinch off the top set of leaves once about six inches tall to encourage growth. Regularly harvest the tips to prevent flowering.
  3. Storage: Keep basil fresh by trimming the stems and placing them in a glass of water, covered loosely with a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  4. Culinary uses: Basil is versatile, great in salads, pesto, or sandwiches, and pairs beautifully with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Other: Plant near tomatoes and peppers: it helps repel pests like mosquitoes and flies!


  1. Growing conditions: Prefers light, well-draining soil and regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
  2. Harvesting/pruning: Cut the outer leaves once the plant is six to eight inches tall. Leave the inner leaves to continue growing.
  3. Storage: Typically, cilantro can be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag.
  4. Culinary uses: A staple in Mexican, Asian, and Indian cuisines, excellent in salsa, guacamole, curries, and as a fresh topping for soups and tacos!
  5. Other: Plant new seeds every few weeks to ensure a continuous harvest.


  1. Growing conditions: Thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. Avoid overwatering.
  2. Harvesting/pruning: Regularly trim to encourage growth, and prevent it from becoming too woody.
  3. Storage: Dry by hanging sprigs in a warm, airy place. Once dried, store leaves in an airtight container.
  4. Culinary uses: Pairs well with lamb, poultry, and roasted vegetables. Great in breads and homemade focaccia.
  5. Other: Easy to propagate from cuttings. Place a sprig in the soil until roots develop for a new plant!


  1. Growing conditions: Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Highly drought-tolerant, making it perfect for rock gardens.
  2. Harvesting/pruning: Regular trimming helps prevent it from becoming woody. Harvest just before flowering for the best flavor.
  3. Storage: Store fresh thyme in the refrigerator wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a plastic bag. Can also be dried or frozen for longer storage.
  4. Culinary uses: Versatile in cooking, pairs well with meats, soups, and stews. Leaves can be added whole or chopped.
  5. Other: Acts as a natural deterrent for pests while attracting bees and butterflies!