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Description of thyme

Name Thyme
Type Thyme is an evergreen and perennial shrub.
Height 5 cm (wild thyme can be used as ground cover) - 30 cm.
Width 30-40 cm
Leaves Thyme leaves are small, narrow and gray-green. 
Flowers Thyme blooms in May/June. He makes small pink, purple or white flowers.


What you should know before....

Each plant has different characteristics. Try to take those into account when you determine the best location for each plant in your vegetable garden. This way you'll optimize the chances of survival of each plant, and you'll facilitate the maintenance of your vegetable garden.

Exposure Thyme prefers sun (lots of sun!) : it improves its perfume.
Wind Thyme does not like cold winds.
Winter Thyme is rustic, but it fears the frost.
Soil Thyme prefers a soil that's fresh, well drained, dry, light, loosened, and slightly chalky.
Watering Water only in case of drought (thyme doesn't like humidity).
Positive combinations
Negative combinations
Crop rotation 

Learn how to sow, plant and multiply thyme...

Sowing in a garden-frame
Sowing in place Sow thyme in place in March-May. 
(Trans)Planting Plant thyme in spring or autumn if the meteo is not too cold or wet.
Dividing Divide thyme in March / April or September. Every 4 or 5 years. Bury the small tufts of thyme deep enough so that only the upper side of the branches exceeds.
Layering Yes, very easily.
Cuttings Produce cuttings in July, with young stems of thyme. Put them in a sheltered place or in the garden-nursery. Transplant them during the following spring.


More information about thyme

Properties Thyme keeps snails, slugs and aphids away.

And when thyme is growing in your vegetable garden...

Cut Cut thyme regularly, at least once a year, after it has blossomed.
Care Do not add organic materials to the earth around the thyme : it will lose its flavor and vigor.
Harvest Harvest the leaves and flowers of thyme throughout the whole year, preferably in the morning. Its taste is stronger when thyme is in bloom, and weaker in the winter.
Use Use thyme leaves fresh, dried or frozen.
Culinary Thyme is a key component of the  "bouquet garni".

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