How to Grow Thyme

Thyme

Planting

Thyme is an absolute must for every Goody Foody Garden. It is easy to grow and will come back year after year if you look after it. 

As a Mediterranean herb, it likes dry conditions. Plant the Thyme where the water will drain - raised beds are perfect, you could add a little sand or grit around the roots.

Growing

Similar to Oregano, Thyme stems can become thick and woody. Cut back the top third of the stems even if you are not using it and this will encourage fresh growth.

Thyme has a delicate white/ pink flower during the summer. Bees love it and once the flowers have bloomed you should give the plant a good trim.

Harvesting

Thyme is a perennial, meaning it will come back for more that two years. Keep it trimmed, especially after flowering, to get a lovely new growth of sweet flavoured leaves. 

The leaves will be at their most flavoursome just before flowering in early summer. Feed with liquid seaweed regularly and change the compost every year. You can bring the whole plant in over winter and replant in spring.

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