Thyme grows trouble-free in an herb garden, along a pathway, or in a container. A garden bed needs no special preparation before planting thyme as it grows fine in average soil. Thyme grows to a low bushy mound of small, dark green leaves with attractive pink to purple flowers in midsummer. Thyme is highly aromatic and pleasant tasting. It is a favourite in Italian and French recipes; adds zest to stews, soups, and meats.
Thyme is a beneficial garden plant. It repels cabbage moths making it an excellent companion plant to Brassicas (i.e. broccoli, cabbage, kale, etc.). It is also known to improve the flavour of strawberries.
|Harvesting||Cut leafy stems as needed during the growing season. In early summer, just before the plant blooms, make a full harvest by shearing the plant 2 inches (5cm) above ground level. The plant will re-sprout and can be cut again in the same manner in late summer.|
|Storing||After a full harvest, gather stems in a bunch and put them in a paper bag, tip end down. Hang them to dry in a warm place with good air circulation. Strip dried leaves from the stems. Store the leaves in an airtight container.|
|Maturity||56 – 64 days|
|Height||6 - 12” (15 - 30 cm)|
|Spacing||10 - 12” (25 - 30 cm)|
|Soil||Organic and well draining|
|pH Range||6.5 to 7.0|
|Watering||Evenly moist allowing soil to dry between watering|
|Fertilizing||Balanced fertilizer at time of planting|
|Nutrients Required||Nitrogen=high, Phosphorus=moderate, Potassium=moderate|
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