Start Thyme Seeds For Your Spring Garden


| 3/2/2011 4:54:41 PM


Tags: Thyme, Burpee, Patsy Bell Hobson, Garden Giveaway, Tips,

PBHobson2Read more from Patsy Bell Hobson at www.patsybell.com. When not in the garden or on the road, find her in southern Missouri. Her travel adventures can be read around the world at Striped Pot Travel. Find more garden, travel and random rants on her Facebook page. 

I have a lot more thyme than I used to. If you want more thyme, try these tips.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an aromatic herb valued as an ornamental and culinary herb. It has small lavender or pink flowers. Plant thyme in a rock garden or border for decoration; cultivate it for culinary seasoning. Thyme grows around 6 to 12 inches tall. It has a sprawling habit and can easily be increased from cuttings, crown division or seeds. This month, I'm planting common thyme seed from Burpee.  

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Strip tiny leaves from stem.
Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson
 

After its first year, cut thyme plants back each spring to renew them and keep them tidy. Plants prefer well-drained dry soil. Since it grows slowly, especially early in its life, weed-control is essential. It is a perennial in Zones 5 to 8.

Use fresh thyme with zucchini. Sauté any summer squash in a bit of butter and olive oil with onion, parsley, and thyme.




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