Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme provides an aromatic fragrance to the garden on a warm sunny day. It is a fantastic plant for attracting wildlife, particularly bees and butterflies. Used fresh or dry all year round, Thyme leaves go well with both meat and vegetables. Use in the winter in soups and stews or in the summer as an accent to fish, or vegetables.
Can be easily grown from seed and Thyme is just as happy to be planted in pots as in the garden. Multiple plants can provide a steady supply all through the year to add extra flavour to your cooking, but are also just as important to attract bees and butterflies. Trim the plants to encourage bushing.
Average Contents: 1000 Seeds
Sow: Undercover/ Indoors Feb-Apr or direct Sow/Plant Outdoors Apr-May
Harvest: Pick fresh leaves as required throughout the year.
Thyme prefers poor, well-drained soil in full sun.
Sow the seeds indoors from February to April or April to May outdoors. Scatter thinly onto lightly firmed, moist well-drained seed compost. Cover lightly and leave in a warm place to germinate. Germination may take time, so patience is important!
When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into individual larger pots and acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed. Do not over water.
Thyme does not like to be waterlogged, so although too much water is a bad thing, do not let the plants dry out completely.
See our website for more tips and advice on growing and cooking with herbs.
Thyme seeds are also included in our Grow Your Own Kitchen Herbs Gift Set, a great way to grow your own fresh herbs for cooking.
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