Thyme is one of those herbs I love to grow because it’s delicate by appearance, easy to grow, easy to propagate and has the ability to turn a meal into something amazing. Each leaf is small and hardy by comparison to other herbs. It’s curled shape measures about one eighth of an inch long; this can make harvesting a bit tedious.
The taste is light and almost penetrating if prepared correctly and I bet if you have it growing in your garden you would agree. I enjoy adding fresh thyme in omelets and scrambled eggs. On occasion, I’ve also included thyme into cooked beans, many soups and my favorite pasta.
Thyme is a perennial, a member of the mint family and it blooms a wonderful flower in the summer and fall. This plant would be beautiful to any landscape layout because it’s low to the ground and presents a nice statement year- round.
I planted a small 4- inch plant several seasons back with my other herbs. Because it grows out there have been many times where propagating this beauty became necessary to keep it from taking over the raised bed. This wasn’t a bad thing because it allowed the opportunity to expand planting without the additional expense.
Possible Growing Problems
There can be some growing problems to be aware of, one would be spider mites during the dry months. To prevent this, make sure you don’t forget to water. Humid climates can also offer root rot and fungus disease, when choosing where to plant offer direct sunlight, good soil drainage and air circulation.
To help the plant reach its full potential remember to implement feeding the soil, my favorites would be direct compost and use manure fertilizer. Mulch is necessary year- round as the root system is close to the surface.
Harvesting is a matter of cutting stems with sheers, washing each one and removing the green leaves from the stem; this can be time consuming. I harvest and prep before cooking begins because I enjoy this herb fresh from the garden.
If you want to harvest thyme for drying cut long stems in bunches, wash and air dry by hanging a group upside down. It’s a simple process and keeps you from having to run the garden during the cold winter months.
Here’s an idea how about just planting a herb garden outdoors near the kitchen? This is something I may need to consider for later. Any thoughts?
Thyme Health Benefits
With herbs, there is always a list of benefits that compliment good health. This is one of the reasons why I recommend growing them, not just because they’re easy to maintain and taste fantastic but they offer many positive incentives to our health.
Thyme can help with chest and respiratory problems, this includes coughs, bronchitis and chest congestion. If you suffer from upper respiratory you may enjoy thyme added in a cup of tea to help relieve some of that pain.
My favorite tea is a mint, honey and thyme blend, especially on those cold damp mornings. It just warms the soul.
This herb is also a good source of vitamin A and C. If you’re not growing thyme, ask yourself why not? When I say herbs are the easiest of plants to grow it’s really true. Thyme can triple its size in one season if cared for correctly. Today might just be the day to add this delicate green beauty to your garden. Spice up your life a little by growing some thyme.