Growing Thyme in the Garden

Growing thyme in garden paths and between rocks can create a nice texture for the garden.

Creeping thyme is hardy and can withstand walking traffic so it works well between flagstone.

Thyme is fairly drought tolerant and can grow in shaded areas as well as full sun.

Thyme is a perennial in most areas and some varieties can over winter in areas as far north as zone 4.

Common thyme is grown mostly in the herb garden and can get 12 inches tall. Used for flavoring most any dish thyme is a versatile herb to have around, if in doubt use Thyme.

Thyme provides the flavor in most stuffing seasonings and is used in any salty dish.

Thyme's tiny flowers can be picked and dried for use in teas, and sachets.

Lemon Thyme by Derek Ramsey

The most popular ornamental variety is lemon thyme with green variegated leaves and pink flowers.

Wooly thyme with silvery leaves and lavender blooms add interest to the garden.

All thyme varieties add flavor and fragrance to any garden or cupboard.

Creeping thyme

Growing Thyme

Thyme can be started from seed indoors in the spring. The seeds are very tiny, but readily germinate.

Starting your own seeds give you a wider choice of thyme varieties. Plants can be purchased from Garden Centers usually in 2 to 4 inches pots.

Thyme can also be started from divisions or cuttings from mature plants. When the thyme plant matures it will start to spread. You can than divide the crown for new plantings.

When the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches in height they are ready to plant into the garden.

Plant the thyme in the spring when frost has past. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil.

Space plants 6 to 18 inches apart. Thyme will spread as it roots and matures. Divisions can be taken from mature plants in the spring or fall.

Harvesting Thyme

Clip stems from your plants through out the growing season to use in cooking and teas. For a larger harvest cut back the plant 3 inches from the stems before they flower. The plant will re grow but only take small cuttings the rest of the season.

Gather the stems together and tie the ends. Hang to dry. When the leaves are dry you can run your hand down the stem and strip off the dried leaves. Store the dried thyme in an air tight container.

Enjoy fresh thyme through out the winter, take a few divisions from the garden and pot them. Bring the pots inside. In the spring you can replant them out side.

For a soothing tea, infuse some dried thyme and add honey to taste. Thyme calms your tummy and helps with congested lungs. So try a cup when you have a cold.

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