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How to Grow Thyme – Edible Landscaping

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Herbs can spice up your garden harvest cooking, and add pleasant aromas to your outdoor space. Thyme is one of the more common herbs grown in gardens. The herb is used to flavor casseroles, stews, herb butters, vegetable dishes and blends well with garlic, lemon and basil in recipes. Thyme can also be used to make herbal tea. Thyme is a member of the mint family, and there are more than 300 different species. The oils in thyme that give the plant its distinct aroma and taste develop best in sunnier locations of your garden.

What You Need

Plant flats

Seed stater soil

Thyme seeds

Shovel

Compost

Step 1

Fill your plant flat with seed starter soil in late winter. Sprinkle the thyme seeds in a thin layer over the soil and then cover them by sprinkling soil over the top.

Step 2

Place your flat in a sunny window. Give them enough water each morning to dampen the soil. Let the soil dry between each watering. Begin transplanting your thyme seedlings after the danger of frost has passed.

Step 3

Select an area where your plants will get at least 6 hours of full sunlight each day and with soil that has good drainage.

Step 4

Loosen the soil with a shovel to a depth of 12 inches. Mix 4 inches of compost into the soil.

Step 5

Separate out each of your seedlings from the flat. Dig a hole in the soil big enough for the roots, place the seedling in the hole and press the soil around the roots and the base of the plant. Space each planting 10 inches apart.

Step 6

Moisten the soil with water after transplanting your thyme. Give your thyme 4 inches of water whenever the soil is dry during drought periods; otherwise, normal rainfall is sufficient for your plants. Water your plants during the morning hours.

Step 7

Harvest your thyme as needed by cutting 2 to 3 inches from the stem tips. Cut the plants back to 2 inches from the ground once during the midsummer and again before winter.

Resources

Colorado State University; Plant Talk: Thyme

Iowa State University; Growing and Using Thyme

Arizona Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Growing Herbs

Colorado State University; Growing, Preserving and Using Herbs

University of Missouri; Growing Herbs at Home

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