Thyme Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

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5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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Thyme is a perennial herb with small aromatic leaves and tiny purple or white flowers. It is a member of the mint family and has a distinctive earthy, slightly sweet, and herbaceous flavor that complements a wide variety of dishes. Thyme is commonly used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and French cuisine and is often used to flavor meats, soups, stews, and vegetables. It is also commonly used in herbal medicine for its antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Thyme is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and can be cultivated both in garden beds and in containers.

How to Grow Thyme Organically

  1. Choose the right time: Thyme is a perennial herb that grows best in warm weather. It’s recommended to plant thyme in early spring after the last frost date or in the fall before the first frost date.
  2. Select a location: Thyme prefers well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 to 7.0. Choose a location with full sun and good air circulation.
  3. Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches and remove any rocks or debris. Add compost or aged manure to the soil to improve soil fertility and drainage.
  4. Plant the seeds or cuttings: You can start thyme from seeds or cuttings. If you’re starting from seeds, sow them about 1/4 inch deep and 12-18 inches apart. If you’re using cuttings, take 4-6 inch stem cuttings and plant them in moist soil. Water the soil lightly after planting.
  5. Water the plants: Thyme is drought-tolerant and does not need a lot of water. Water the plants deeply once a week or more often during hot and dry periods.
  6. Fertilize the plants: Thyme does not need a lot of fertilizer. You can add a light application of organic fertilizer, such as compost or fish emulsion, once or twice during the growing season.
  7. Control pests and diseases: Thyme is generally pest and disease-free, but it can attract spider mites and whiteflies. Use organic methods like neem oil or insecticidal soap to control pests.
  8. Prune the plants: Prune the plants regularly to encourage bushy growth and to prevent legginess. You can also prune the plants after flowering to encourage new growth.

Following these steps will help you grow thyme successfully and enjoy its fragrant leaves in your favorite dishes.

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, May
When to Start Indoors:
January, March, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Sprouting Time:
14-21 days

Ideal Temperature (C):

0mm (Plant on surface of moist soil))
Spacing (cm):
23-38cm (9-15″)
Row Spacing (cm):
23-38cm (9-15″)
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade, Full Sun
Maturity Time:
80 to 100 days
When To Harvest:
May, June, July, August, September, October, April, March, November
How to Harvest:
Harvest thyme just before the plant flowers by cutting off the top five to six inches of growth. Leave the tough, woody parts. It's best to harvest thyme in morning after the dew has dried. Clean leaves should not be washed, because it removes some of the essential oils.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

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Potential Health Benefits:
Acne,Skin Health, Blood Pressure, Cough, Immune Health, Disinfectant , Yeast, Cancer Fighting , antibacterial

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Strawberry, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Collards
What Plants to Avoid:
Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Chive
Common Pests:
spider mites and aphids
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Bonus Grow Tips:
Grow Thyme indoors for year round production if you have adequate lighting. If you have a grow tent you can create a year-round herb supply quite easily.

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