Thyme is one of the most popular herbs in the world so we made this guide to teach you how to grow and care for your own!
Thyme has been used in tea and a variety of foods for centuries in Eastern cultures. Considering the high herbal value it holds, it a must have and great thing to include in your daily meals.
It not only adds a unique flavour to your recipe, it also enhances the fragrance of the food. There are over fifty varieties with distinct flavours and fragrances.
Thyme is extremely rich in vitamin C, and vitamin A, a daily dose of thyme in your food can promote better overall health. Thyme can also be grown in just about any conditions makes it a suitable crop for you to grow in your garden.
How to Plant Thyme
Thyme is drought-resistant and does not require a high amount of water for its cultivation. Thyme plants also pollinate, easily through the air, so sowing just a few seeds of thyme in your soil can generate vast amounts of the plants in your backyard. However, this can be a problem, too, if you wanted just a few plants for your home.
The process of growing thyme is very straightforward. Thyme loves warm temperatures and the heat of the sun. Therefore, if you are growing thyme indoors, make sure to put the pot near the window that gets the most sun. Make sure to use well-drained soil.
Thyme has uneven germination, so plant the cuttings of thyme plants nine to ten inches apart from each other. You need to insert the plant approximately three to four inches deep in the soil. Before adding the cutting to the soil, ensure it has a temperature of 20°C or above for the ideal growth of the thyme plant.
How To Care for Thyme Plants
Caring for your thyme plants is as essential as learning how to plant thyme. While thyme tends to be a low maintenance crop and does not require much water, you should give it a good drenching when the soil is completely dried.
To have sustainable growth that lasts you multiple seasons, get out your best gardening shears and give your plants a cut back in the spring and once again in the summer season.
In case you are growing it in a colder regions, make sure to put a good amount of mulch around the plant so that the soil doesn’t freeze. A single thyme plant can live up to four years, after which you may want to replace it.
How to Harvest Thyme
Harvesting thyme isn’t a complex procedure and can be done single-handedly without assistance. For harvesting your plants, you need to keep a sharp eye on your crops as the harvesting is done just before the plant starts flowering. You can cut the top five to six inches of the plant using pruning tools.
Using this method, your thyme can continue to grow and you should be able to only use as much as you need and then come back for another snipping in a week or whenever it may be required.
The best time for picking is usually in the morning after the dew has dried. After you have cut the top of the plant, you need to handpick the leaves and place them in the hot sun in a tray. Once they are completely dried, hand crush them to get the desired results.
Are you stuck with what to do with all this new found thyme? We’ve found some interesting things for you to try making with it!