Thyme is a low-growing perennial herb that is a popular addition to many culinary dishes and herb gardens. It is easy to grow and can be propagated from seed or cuttings. Plant thyme in a location that receives full sun and well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0. Thyme prefers sandy or loamy soil that is not too rich in organic matter. Sow thyme seeds directly in the garden after the last frost date in the spring or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seeds 6mm (¼”) deep and 15-30cm (6-12”) apart. Water regularly to keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate, which should occur in 7-14 days. If planting thyme from cuttings, take 5-10cm (2-4”) cuttings from an established plant and plant them in well-drained soil. Keep the soil moist until the cuttings have rooted. Fertilize thyme with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Trim back the plants regularly to encourage new growth and prevent them from becoming too woody.
Harvest thyme leaves as needed throughout the growing season, starting with the youngest leaves at the top of the plant. The best time to harvest thyme is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun is too hot. Thyme can be used fresh or dried in a variety of dishes, including sauces, soups, and marinades. Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6mm (¼”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 15-30cm (6-12”) tall. Days to Maturity: Thyme can be harvested as soon as it reaches maturity, usually within 60-90 days. Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Planting: Plant seeds 15-30cm (6-12”) apart.