Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thymus are small woody evergreen shrubs, which grows very well in sunny, well drained, conditions.
The final size of Thyme various from 5 cm (2 inch) to 20 cm (8 inch). Therefor they are brilliant plants for in pots.
Growing Thyme in pots makes it easier to create the right environment for them. When you grow Thyme in a pot choose terracotta or a stone pot as they drain of the water very well, but avoid plastic pots.
What Thyme doesn’t like is: too much water, damp conditions, acid soil and a shady spot; in these cases Thyme will be susceptible to rotting.
To make soil less acid you can add some calcium to the soil in the form of horticultural grit, dolomite lime or make your own by using eggshells: you wash tand dry them and than make it into powder or as fine as you can get in a mortal and pestle or use a rock to grind them.
You can make soil more well drained by adding some gravel. Compost in pots will become more acid in time, add some calcium after around 3 months.
Lots of compost is too fertile for Thyme, fertility will wash away in time and the good thing is you never need to fertilise Thyme. When you do fertilise you will get a very leggy plant which will grow too fast and die too fast.
In nature Thyme grows in sandy soil mainly in coastal areas, therefor the plant can handle salty winds or exposure very well. You can find wild Thyme growing along the Pembrokeshire coast or other coastal areas in the UK. Thyme is winter hardy and can handle frost well into the -15º.
Thyme can be used in cooking and goes very well in mediterranean cooking and with meat dishes, it helps us to digest our food better.
It also is an antiseptic herb very helpful when you have a cold.
Cutting Thyme will help the plant and yourself, you don’t need to prune it when you use the herb in cooking.
Thyme in the garden can be used in many ways to help us. When you are seeding in a greenhouse or under plastic put some stems of Thyme on the soil to prevent powdery mildew and damping off. When lucky the stems will set root and you have some new Thyme plants as well.
Thyme will attract the bees to the garden they, just love the tiny flowers. Thyme honey is well known and has a special taste, good for colds.
On the boat we sell the garden Thyme in a normal and the compact variety and we have the silver posy Thyme in a terracotta pot.
For more information please visit us by the boat.