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Growing Information:

Thyme

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 6-12"

PLANT SPACING: 6-8"

HARDINESS ZONES: Varies

Habitat and Description


Growing Thyme
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS Site Preparation:
Thyme prefers full sun to light shade and a well-drained, dry soil amended with plenty of organic compost. Keep it sheltered from cold winds. The plant may not survive severe winters unless covered or heavily mulched. It does very well in containers.

Tip: Use thyme in the rock garden to cascade over walls. It also attracts beneficial insects.

How to Plant:
Thyme is easy to propagate from cuttings or plant from nursery stock. Space plants 15 inches apart. If growing from seed, start indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Sow on the surface of the soil. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days. Transplant after the danger of frost has passed. Apply an all-purpose organic fertilizer mixed with kelp extract several times throughout the growing season.

Harvesting:
Begin harvesting sprigs during the first year from cuttings; snip seedlings sparingly until the second year. For the best flavor, harvest in the morning just before bloom. Strip leaves from the stem and use them fresh or dried. To dry thyme, cut the stems just as the flowers start to open. Hang to dry in small bunches.


Thyme


The benefits of Thyme

This lovely aromatic herb has been used as medicine throughout history especially for chest and respiratory problems. Researchers have found that thyme contains a volatile oil known as thymol. This oil acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant.

For respiratory problems such as bronchitis or asthma, an easy, effective homemade remedy can be made by finely chopping thyme (about a tsp.) with a spoon of local honey. This soothes the lungs and air passages. You can also make a tea with water, honey and thyme. Add a little lemon if you like and relax, let the herb do its magic. Thyme has been known to expel parasites in the body so drinking this tea daily can be very beneficial.

Other benefits for drinking a tea brewed with thyme, is that it is useful for easing menstrual cramps and PMS. It can aid in digestion and help dissolve and remove mucus from the intestinal tract. It has even been used to eliminate nightmares for children. Thyme tea has a pleasant flavor and mixed with a bit of honey and lemon makes for a nice warm soothing drink children will enjoy.

Because of the disinfectant properties of thyme you can also clean a sick room by making a tea solution with boiled water, a bit of soap and thyme. Allow the solution to cool and then strain into a clean spray bottle. You can clean all hard surfaces with it. It is also great for cleaning and disinfecting your cutting board instead of using harsh chemical cleaners which can linger there. The chemicals can kill bacteria but so does thyme. A natural cleaner makes more sense.





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