Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Growing thyme

All you need to do is pick a little sprig of thyme to find out it really smells good.  Thyme comes in pretty handy in Italian food, plus it's one of the top four herbs immortalized in the Simon and Garfunkel hit from what, the 60s?  One of those protest songs from back then.

However, I digress. You may not know that there are several types of thyme, with what's known as common thyme grown in most gardens.

Thyme is a perennial, which means it comes back year after year. It produces a shrubby plant that at its maturity will be about a foot tall. That's a lot of thyme, people.

Thyme leaves are gray-green and the flowers are purple, although I've never noticed any flowers. Maybe they're really tiny, since thyme leaves aren't that big. Or maybe I wasn't watching for the flowers.

If you want to keep your thyme happy and productive, give it dry soil and lots of sunlight. Sounds like my kind of herb.

If you're putting in thyme seedlings, space the plants about 12 inches apart. If you're planting thyme seeds, you can plant the seeds close together then thin them to 12 inches apart once they start coming up.

Harvest your thyme often to prevent the little bush from becoming woody. 

No matter what region you live in, it's probably a good time to plant thyme. - QC Karen

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