Garden Thyme , Tiemie (Afr.)
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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.
Leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year.
Sowing time best during Spring and Summer. Sowing depth should be 4-6 mm and germination time takes between 15-20 days.
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.
Divide roots during spring. Divide the little bush into smaller sections and make sure that each section has roots attached.
Repels harmful insects
Keeps mosquitoes away.
Choose a high light intensity spot.
Once established can survive on small amounts of water.
Make a good companion for fruit trees in huge pots or keep in the kitchen windowsill to use while cooking.
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Antiseptic (often used in mouthwashes like Listerine), antifungal and used for coughs and bronchitis.
Used fresh or dried in almost all savoury dishes. Especially to enhance the flavour of chicken or lamb dishes.