Thyme for You!

Thyme, thymus vulgaris, originated in the Mediterranean region and,
like all herbs from that neck of the woods, prefers lots of sun, well
drained soil and minimal watering. Provide those three things and
you'll find you have a regular Thyme Machine.

DooneValleyThyme

Doone Valley Thyme is only rated hardy to Zone 6, but we've grown it with no problem for years by providing conditions where it thrives. Doone Valley's green and yellow foliage and lemon scent make it a favorite around here!

In addition, thyme doesn't like to be crowded; if other plants loom near it, your thyme may well rot. Give it space! It loves to grow around rocks, where not much else thrives.

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Thyme

As a matter of fact, this thyme has seeded itself in gravel at the side of a driveway. We don't recommend planting thyme in straight gravel, but it does show just how drought tolerant it is!

There are dozens of varieties of thyme. They come in two basic growth habits. Some varieties are upright and tend to be easier to clean if you are cooking with them.

English

Foxley

Others, such as Foxley thyme (pictured) and Creeping thyme, are ground huggers. While you can certainly use these for cooking, they are most often used as ground covers and around stepping stones.

There is a variety of thyme for every use, so don't hesitate to plant more than one kind. After all, we can all use more thyme in our gardens, right?

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Thyme is great fun to use in the kitchen. It goes with almost every food and the tiny leaves are simple to use. Simply strip them off the stems and use as is. If the stems are tender, you can mince them up stems and all. Try using whole stems as an elegant garnish!

You can dry thyme, but use care - it gets musty in humid weather, so dry it when the humidity is low. Or you can freeze whole stems for use in cooked dishes. Add it to herbal vinegars. When they are done, you'll have Thyme in a Bottle!

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