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Thyme: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Thyme is an herb we grow a lot of. It grows into a beautiful perennial shrub that flowers and fills the air around it with a pleasant aroma.

How to Grow:

Thyme can be planted indoors 6-10 weeks before your last spring frost and 2-3 weeks before your last spring frost. It can also be planted 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Thyme seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. It will take approximately 14-28 days to sprout. Keep seeds moist while germinating then you can back off to water weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for thyme:

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You can begin to harvest in 90-95 days. Cuttings can be harvested at any time throughout the summer.

Cooking & Eating!

Thyme sprigs can be used fresh, dried, or frozen. To dry, hang upside down in a dark, warm area. A great use for thyme that we enjoy is fish. It is also great in salads and meats, but will add a great flavor to just about anything!

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