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Thyme Growing Tips and Advice

Common thyme, which adds great flavor to meat dishes and soups, doesn’t mind being neglected a little bit, since it thrives in light, warm and fairly dry soil. This semi-woody perennial also enjoys plenty of sun.

Planting Thyme

Common thyme usually does well when you start growing seeds indoors. You can use a small container to plant about twenty seeds. Thyme needs 70ºF bottom heat and moisture to germinate. A month after your thyme sprouts, you may take it outside, though you should shelter it at night. You can transplant after the plant has spent a week outside. Thyme grows 6-12 inches high and can spread over 1 and ½ feet or more, so plant thyme 8 to 12 inches apart. Cut leafy tops and flower clusters when first blossoms open and dry. You should renew plants every few years. Cuttings survive well, but don’t trim your thyme to the ground after late summer or it won’t endure the winter.


Days to Harvest: Any thyme.
Days to Germinate: 7-20 days.

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Tips for growing other vegetables:

Pumpkins
Lettuce
Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Spinach
Peppers
Parsnips
Turnips
Okra
Melons
Broccoli

Tips for growing other herbs:

Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Garlic
Chives
Dill
Basil
Cilantro
Saw Palmetto

Thyme
Oregano
Lemon Balm
Calendula

Lavender
Catnip



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