Welcome to my website. Its about growing fresh herbs amongst my vegetables and fruit trees and their use in the kitchen. The presence of these herbs benefits the other edible plants by attracting pollinators and helping to repel pests. They add beauty and pleasant aromas to my garden with their attractive foliage and flowers...............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 3rd July 2016.
Thyme is a small spreading plant with lots ofsmall white flowers. It has always been a bit untidy in my garden as you can see in the photo, but our weather can be a bit wild at times.
I grow it mainly as a culinary herbused fresh, or dried and blended with other herbs. It is an important ingredient in my general purpose herb mix.
I grow it in my fruit and herb garden where it provides habitat for predatory and pollinating insects, and its a useful fill-in between the larger herbs and fruiting shrubs and trees.
I don't usually need to worry about pests on my thyme, like most of the aromatic herbs, it seems to provide an adequate deterrent of its own.
Variety: Thymus Vulgaris.
Family group: Lamiaceae.
Garden bed type: Drip line irrigation.
Recommended soil pH. 6.0 - 6.75.
Minimum sun per day: 3 hours.
Plant spacings (centres): 300 mm.
Climate: Warm temperate.
This food is very low in cholesterol and sodium.
It is also a good
source of vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and a very
good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.
It prefers sandy soil but grows well in most organically actives soils.
It grows well in hot dry conditions, and is drought tolerant.
Clear a space for thyme in a drip line bed, add a 60mm layer of thermal compost and cover with 50mm of straw mulch. Try not to plant new seedlings where it has been growing recently.
Leave the bed for 4
weeks to build up worm and microbial activity.
Thyme is a perennial plant and I propagated it from seed in spring. It can be propagated from cuttings, but it looks a bit too fiddly for me.
Sow thyme seeds in August on the surface of an organic seed growing mix in a mini pot, and cover lightly with the mix finely sieved.
the mini pot for an hour in a tray containing 10mm of dilute seaweed extract (preferably in
rainwater). The liquid will move up into the soil without flooding it.
Sink the mini pot up to its rim in a propagator. This will
keep the soil moist until the seedlings are ready to
transplant. Protect the seedlings against frost.
Transplant the seedlings individually after
4 weeks into organic potting soil in jiffy pots, soak them in dilute seaweed extract and returned them to the propagator.
When propagating from cuttings, choose your strongest most vigorous plant.
cuttings in spring from new shoots about 100mm long. Remove the lower leaves leaving 15mm of leaves in place at the top and plant the cuttings 50mm deep in a propagator. Water the cutting in well with dilute seaweed extract.
The propagator's high microbial activity and constant soil moisture stimulates root growth, so I don't use rooting powder, and I only water once.
Once the plant starts to grow vigorously, transplant it into prepared soil in your herb bed.