Garden Notes

Plenty of Thyme

2006 June 19
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by mike
Thyme Flowers

Our thyme is blooming, with its light pink flowers adding a bit of additional interest to the variegated leaves of the fragrant plant. At about two years old, our thyme has grown to over eight times the size of the young plant in the two-inch pot we purchased at the locale garden center. We’ve given it little attention other than occasionally watering its garden bed and cutting a few sprigs every now and then for cooking.

Thyme is a very hardy plant, only really requiring nicely drained soil. It does best when planted in full sun. When planting, work some compost or other organic material into the soil to help the soil drain better and to provide nutrients to the young plant. Thyme also does well in containers.

After three or four years, thyme starts getting increasingly woody. When this happens, it’s time to divide your plant. In April, dig up your thyme and shake or brush as much of the soil from the roots as you can. Gently tear the plant in to three or four pieces and replant them. Give them a few months to gain back their strength. Harvesting can start again in mid- to late-summer.

Thyme is a very flavorful and fragrant herb, used in many different types of dishes. I like to mash it up with sage and rosemary from my herb garden and cook some Herby Flank Steak. It’s also great when added to gravy, sauces, vegetable stock or even sprinkled lightly over scrambled eggs.

If you’ve got a spare sunny spot in your garden, you should definitely plant a small bush of this easy-to-grow herb. In no time, you’ll have plenty of thyme.


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