Thyme is a fragrant and flavorful herb that can be used in many dishes. It also has many medicinal properties. This herb, which often grows wild on the hills of southern Europe, has been cultivated for centuries. Gathering thyme from the garden or store is simple and easy to do.
As spring is in full bloom, now is the ‘thyme’ to gather your pots and get your herb on. Not only is easy to grow and care for, but chives also provide a refreshing flavor to your morning scrambled eggs. It contains potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Try growing this herb at home with our simple how-to-grow guide. We have combed through our gardens, road-tested a few delicious dishes, and come up with the hives.
However, it’s not always easy to find fresh thyme at your local grocer. If you’re looking for an alternative way to grow thyme, then this guide is for you!
Why grow thyme at home?
First of all, I want to point out that the advantages of growing thyme at home over traditional thyme growing methods are numerous. Not only does the plant’s strong scent lure pollinators, making your garden much more attractive, but also it saves you money, time, space, and energy. Growing herbs at home is a great way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. With the way the human population has evolved and the way that we eat, certain nutrients have decreased and others have increased. Since herbs are part of a natural plant-based diet, they contain all of the nutrition that is needed.
Growing thyme at home is a great way to provide a natural source of thyme to the people around you. The herb can grow on most hostas, daffodils, and even miniature roses.
How to plant thyme
Growing thyme at home is very easy. In fact, once you have the right conditions for success, thyme grows in anything. There is only one requirement for you to plant thyme:
Your thyme needs a high level of humidity. You don’t need to have heavy rain, but thyme will like being damp.
It’s important that you choose well-drained soil. Not many plants tolerate loose soil, so choose some potting soil.
Choose the right pot for your thyme. It should be at least 10 inches deep. For more information on the size of thyme pots, check out this post.
Once you’ve chosen your plant, buy a sheath from your nearest store, or a small compost container.
How to care for thyme
In order to grow thyme, you need to check out its soil, because it needs to be well-drained. After a few months, you should notice the thyme’s leaves start getting bigger and thicker.
In your garden, you can use cedar bark or grapevine mesh to support the plant’s roots. You can also use twigs or vines from the garden to help with the growth process. Thyme needs to be divided once the season ends, but that depends on how much thyme you’ve gathered. To make your divisions, use a sharp knife to carefully slice off a whole bunch of thyme from the main root. Once you do this, trim the top of the root to leave three short pieces. You can divide the three pieces using your hands, or use a knife.
How to grow thyme indoors
You don’t need much light to grow thyme indoors.
Thyme recipes and tips
Steam or Boil Thyme in Water for 90 minutes
Crispy, plump, sweet, and oh-so-tasty, thyme is a delicious herb that really shines when cooked and served. This makes it the perfect choice to use as an ingredient in soups and stews. When you steam or boil thyme, the herb releases a lot of its flavor and fragrance. This makes it easy to cook with!
How to steam or boil thyme
First, take your thyme and cut a few small pieces off. Then, place them in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out the air from the towel. Place the thyme on a small baking sheet and put them in the oven at a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, remove thyme from the oven and let it cool down.
I love the idea of growing herbs from seed, but some don’t grow at all or not well, or can’t keep growing throughout the winter. Also, it’s hard to find herbs during the winter months. Growing your own herbs is so easy, you won’t believe it!
There’s no need to spend a lot of money to grow herbs. Just spend the time to learn how and then you can start growing thyme in your yard. It takes a bit of practice, but when you’re successful, you will love growing thyme in your home.
Do you grow herbs in your yard?
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