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Thyme Thyme

No herb garden is complete without at least one Thyme. This herb has been used for thousands of years. The Egyptians used herb oil for embalming, the Greeks for scenting bathwater and early Britons consumed Thyme tea to enable them to see fairies!

Today it is used in medicinal, culinary and cosmetic applications, and is amongst the best known of herbs. There are over 300 varieties and native species can be found from Greenland to Western Asia, and there are plenty of cultivated and hybrid varieties available for any condition.

Growing Thyme

Most Thymes available are hardy perennials.  They are a small plant and take up little space, and are ideal for growing in pots, or in a small nook in the front of a herb border. They will tolerate any soil, and they will grow pretty much anywhere so long as they get enough sun.

Thyme can also be used as a lawn replacement thanks to their spreading low bushy habit, however this is only really suitable for an ornamental lawn, and not a lawn that gets walked on often.

Propagation                                                                        

Thyme is best propagated from softwood cuttings to ensure it comes true to form. Seed collected from hybrid varieties may not come true to form.

Using Thyme

Thyme has medicinal, cosmetic and culinary uses. Personally no roast potato is worthy of the table unless roasted with Thyme and garlic, and this is an essential ingredient in any stuffing!

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

Website: allotment.uk.com

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