The thyme ( Thymus ) is a perennial plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is a fine aromatic herb that is honored in Mediterranean and Provençal gastronomy. Its delicate flavor which combines mint, lemon, and pepper pleasantly perfumes many recipes. In addition, it is a plant that is resistant to heat and drought, and is very easy to grow thyme .

How to grow thyme

When to plant thyme? 

Thyme is very easy to grow no matter which way you choose. In addition, since it is a perennial, this plant comes back year after year.

If you choose to sow seeds, it takes about 6-8 weeks before you get small plants, which can then be transplanted into pots or the vegetable garden.

Be sure to sow the seeds on enriched potting soil suitable for seedlings. Then cover  the seeds with a very light layer of soil. They need light to germinate, so don't cover them too much.

Water regularly with a watering can. The earth should always stay moist, but not soggy. The seeds germinate 2-3 weeks after sowing.

Growing thyme in pots

Once the feet are vigorous enough, they can be transplanted into pots for outdoors or indoors, in planters on a balcony, or on a window sill.

To do this, all you need to do is pour a layer of gravel or sand at the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. Then fill the pot with porous soil, not too clayey (the soil is suitable).

Then place the plan in a hole and pack the soil well around the main stem. Water lightly and leave the pot in the sun.

Growing thyme in the garden

Thyme is not particularly afraid of the cold, and it will survive without a problem if you plant it before the real heat arrives. It is one of the first plants that can be transferred to the garden.

Mix sand or limestone with your soil. Dig holes a little larger than the root balls of your thyme plants. Leave 30 cm between two plants.

Place the plan in the hole, and add a little compost. Tamp well, then water lightly.

In what type of soil?

In its natural environment, thyme grows even on the driest and arid lands, such as the Provençal scrubland. It is therefore not very demanding. The important thing is especially that the soil is light, very well drained, sandy and stony and rather poor. It is important not to add fertilizer! Ideally, the soil should contain limestone, but you can also add sand to the soil and the result is quite successful.

What exhibition?

Thyme loves heat. It will feel very comfortable in direct sunlight, even if the soil seems too dry and barren.

The interview

Thyme is really not difficult to maintain. He takes care of himself. Here are a few things that can make it even more productive:

Clean around the thyme feet.

.Pull out weeds that sometimes mix with the branches.

.Remove branches that have few leaves.

.If it rains regularly (about 1-2 times a week), it is not even necessary to water.

.In the event of prolonged drought, it is sufficient to moisten the soil lightly.

.In indoor cultivation,  the e thyme survives several anné 're even with our cold winter. When spring returns, all you have to do is prune and clean the plants in the garden to get them going again. If you want to have it available all year round, it's not very complicated.

When the plants are in flower (end of July), choose a few branches of 10-15 cm, and cut them with secateurs. Remove all flowers and leaves at the base of the stem (about 5-6 cm). Prepare a half earth half sand substrate, make a hole with a pencil, and place the cut stem in it.

Tamp and water, then place the cutting away from the wind (outside or inside).

It is also possible to transplant a complete plant at the end of the season. Or if you have opted for thyme in pots, even outdoors, you just need to bring them in at the beginning of autumn.

How do you care for a thyme plant?

Thyme is very resistant, but it is afraid of certain fungi which attack its roots when the environment is very humid. It is for this reason that it should never be found in stagnant water, and that it is necessary to mix sand or gravel with its ground, to facilitate the drainage.

When and how to harvest thyme?

The thyme can be harvested throughout the year as needed: just cut the branches needed for the recipe. However, it is more fragrant and tasty when its flowers come out. This is also the best time to prune it: you can put all the branches to dry to have them all year round.

Good and bad associations with the vegetable garden

Thyme can be planted near any vegetable in the garden. However, it is known to repel white flies and its characteristic odor protects cabbages and broccoli from several pests. It is therefore advisable to plant it near these vegetables.

We do not know of any bad association.

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