Thyme

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Thymus vulgaris

Thym    Thyme   Tomillo   Thymian

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneousthyme

Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Very winter hardy. Becomes dormant from fall to spring.


Companionage

Helps: Brassicas, cabbage, eggplant, potato, strawberry, tomato, Brussels sprouts
Helped by:
Roses.
Avoid:
Attracts:
Hoverflies/Syrphidae
Repels:
Cabbage worm, cabbage weevil, cabbage looper, aphids, whitefly


 Plantation

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.