grow | thyme

By MEREDITH KIRTON

grow your own thyme

kitchen garden thyme

Thyme, with all its delightful foliage and flavour variants, makes a beautiful addition not just to your recipes but also as a perennial in your garden.  There are so many types, from ‘Silver Posy’, a white edged leaf form, to golden leafed forms, some that smell like lemons or oranges and others that make pizza come alive.

All are only small growers, getting about 20cm tall at best, and others, like woolly thyme, growing perfectly flat and able to be walked upon like a groundcover.  In fact, with stepping stones between them, thyme lawns are a delightful way of finishing areas around paving or pathways.

Success with your thyme is dependent on three things. 1. Thyme needs good drainage. 2. It has to have plenty of sunshine. 3. An annual top dressing of lime makes the soil pH alkaline enough to be able to thrive.  In other ways, thyme is easily grown, drought tolerant, mostly cold tolerant and able to be harvested year round.

Try to pick your thyme before it flowers in summer, just so you have more delicious leaves.  Early morning harvesting is best, and scissors are ideal as they cut cleanly.  Regularly trimming means that your stems are not too tough, and it will encourage bushy regrowth.

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Posted on 6th March 2012 and filed in grow
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2 Responses to “grow | thyme”

  1. Sandra
    06Mar

    One of my favourite thymes is Caraway Thyme (Thymus herba-barona) with it’s beautiful spicy flavour, and it’s a pretty prostrate ground cover too.

  2. Meredith
    06Mar

    I love turkey thyme or orange thyme, but the are all gorgeous.

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