Thyme is a versatile herb in the kicthen and in the garden. It has a delicate leaf and flower which make for attractive underplantings under larger plants such as roses. Also a nice ground cover between pavers and it's a natural fro rock gardens. It is easily grown in Zone 6 - 10 gardens as well as in containers.
From a cullinary perspective, thyme comes in a variety of flavors. Many savory recipes call for common thyme Thymus vulgaris. Our favorite thyme for poultry is Lemon thyme T. citriodorus. It's wonderful in a marinade or inserted into the cavity of a roasting bird. fans of caraway will like Caraway-scented thyme T. herba-barona with its caraway fragrance. Thyme is a popular ingredient in <a href="http://greatlakesgardeners.com/community/index.php?/topic/3427-herbal-blends/" target="_blank">herbal blends</a>.
- Perennial or container grown herb.
- Full sun to partial shade.
- Start seed indoors or buy plants. To germinate planted seeds, keep the soil temperature at 70 ° F. 180 - 200 days to maturity.
- For a detailed spring planting schedule, check out this Edibles Seed Starting & Planting Schedule.
Planting and Tending
- Plant in garden AFTER the last frost (dogwoods will be in full bloom) or use special protection to get ahead of Mother Nature. Soil temperature should be at least 55 ° F to transplant.
- Average soil. Good drainage is essential.
- Water with a liquid organic fertilizer one month after setting out in the garden.
- Cut back in the spring or fall to encourage bushy new growth.
- Repels cabbage worm.
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