Sow Thyme in Spring for a Fragrant Summer Garden!
Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden and it’s certainly worth the effort too. Not only is its flavor wonderfully fragrant in the kitchen; but it’s also attractive in the garden year-round, with pretty foliage and tiny white-to-pink flowers. Thyme can be brought at ready-grown plants but is also easy to grow from seed.
In early spring fill small terracotta pots with Terrachi Clay and scatter a few seeds lightly over the surface. Cover with a light layer of sieved compost and water gently. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into individual terracotta pots.
Thyme plants hate too much water and are fairly drought-tolerant. Plant them out in a warm, sunny spot in the garden that has well-drained soil. Ensure plants in pots are not allowed to dry out completely for the length of time during long hot, dry spells. Place a collar of horticultural grit or gravel around plants in the ground to prevent the foliage from rotting.
After flowering, use secateurs to clip the plants to shape. Also, remove fallen leaves that are around thyme plants in autumn to prevent rotting. Protect plants in pots from excessive winter wetness by placing them in a rain shadow or a dry, light position and raise onto pot feet to allow the air to circulate.
And there you have it! Planting and taking care of thyme is easy and it’s perfect for children who are looking to explore the wonders of gardening. So why not sow some thyme seeds to give your garden a fragrant and flavorful boost this summer?