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Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Common thyme, Garden thyme, Pot-herb thyme

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With such a wide variety of uses, it is a “must have” for the herb garden. Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming, as incense by the early Greeks, and to ward off nightmares or as a gift during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most popular herbs to grow, especially because it is grown as a perennial, so it doesn't have to be replanted each year. It is used culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and as an insect repellant.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time best during Spring and Summer. Sowing depth should be 4-6 mm and germination time takes between 15-20 days.
Cuttings
Cuttings may be taken in late spring. Take thyme cutting at a node on the stem at a point where the leaves attach. Plant in moist soil and keep damp until settled in.
Division
Divide roots during spring. Divide the little bush into smaller sections and make sure that each section has roots attached.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Keeps mosquitoes away.
Indoor plant
Choose a high light intensity spot.
Drought resistant
Once established can survive on small amounts of water.
Pot plant
Make a good companion for fruit trees in huge pots or keep in the kitchen windowsill to use while cooking.
Attracts bees
Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Antiseptic (often used in mouthwashes like Listerine), antifungal and used for coughs and bronchitis.
Edible
Used fresh or dried in almost all savoury dishes. Especially to enhance the flavour of chicken or lamb dishes.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White, Pink
Scent
Mild

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