Thyme

Thyme is a perennial that does best in zones 5 to 8 and it can grow 6 - 12 inches tall.



Planting

Start indoors about 8 weeks before last frost. Place the seeds on the surface of the soil and cover very lightly.
It usually takes anywhere from 10 to 19 days to germinate. You can transplant outdoors in a well drained soil after the danger of frost.

The soil should have a pH of about 7.0 and add lime to the ground to raise the pH if necessary.

Plant 8 – 12 “ apart in full sun, make sure to add a slow release organic or natural fertilizer to the soil and then each spring thereafter.

Put some thyme on your pathways for a special aroma every time you step on them. Add thyme to your garden border.

You can also have thyme growing in pots indoors and outdoors. Thyme also makes a great ground cover. I love the smell of thyme. I have to pinch the plant as I go by.

Care

Cut down every spring to renew the plant and promote more growth. Add a bit of natural fertilizer and water normally.

For winter care, mulch around the plant to protect it from heavy frost.

Pests

Pests of thyme is gray mold and root rot. If you keep it in well drained soil, watering as it is needed this should prevent these problems.

Harvesting

All throughout the summer the leaves and sprigs can be harvested at any time.

To dry the sprigs, hang them in a dark, well-ventilated, warm area. You can also just dry the leaves by placing them on a tray. Once they are dried, store them in an airtight container or paper bags.

Freezing is another method of storage. Clean, dry well, then place in freezer bags and freeze. Remember to mark the bag with contents and date.

Most recommended Varieties: English Thyme is great for cooking. Thyme can be used to season any meat or vegetable.

Lemon Thyme is nice for cooking with fish, chicken and lamb. There are lots of varieties of Thyme.