Thym Thyme Tomillo Thymian
Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.
Position : Full sun.
Frost tolerant : Very winter hardy. Becomes dormant from fall to spring.
Helps: Brassicas, cabbage, eggplant, potato, strawberry, tomato, Brussels sprouts
Helped by: Roses.
Repels: Cabbage worm, cabbage weevil, cabbage looper, aphids, whitefly
Sow and Plant :Start with purchased plants, or start seeds indoors in early spring. Good culinary thyme can be grown from seed, but some creeping forms are propagated only from rooted cuttings or divisions.
Germination: 14-28 days
Spacing :Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 3″ (40cm) row gap
Feeding : Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.
Harvesting :gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying in summer, before the plants bloom.
Time to harvest: days
Troubleshooting :Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants.
Notes :Because it attracts syrphidae it reduces aphids through predation. Creeping forms make sturdy ground covers. Bees are attracted to pink thyme flowers.