Creeping Thyme Information: Tips For Growing Creeping Thyme Plants
The following are some tips for growing creeping thyme plants. These tips will help you get started with your own creeping thyme garden.
1) Choose Your Site Well!
You need to choose a site well away from any roads or other places where there might be traffic problems. Also, avoid areas where there are tall grasses or weeds.
2) Plant Your Seeds Early!
If you want to start your creeping thyme garden right away, then sow your seeds in late summer or early fall. However, if you have time during the winter months (December through March), then it is better to wait until spring before planting your seeds.
That way they will germinate earlier and grow faster than if planted too soon after the last frost date in April.
3) Keep Your Crops Hydrated!
Watering your creeping thyme plants too much can cause them to wilt and die. To keep your creeping thyme plants alive, make sure they receive enough water every day.
They do not like being kept under shade, so make sure that the soil around their roots is dry.
4) Use Sunlight!
Creepy thymes love sunlight and thrive best in bright light conditions. They burn easily if exposed to the sun for too long.
If you are able to make sure they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. If at all possible it is better to give your creeping thyme plants a half day of shade during the hottest part of the day.
5) Add Compost!
As with most other plants, creeping thymes enjoy fertile soil. Make sure you add plenty of compost or aged manure to your soil to make it rich and fertile.
Otherwise, normal garden soil will do.
6) Use A Protective Netting!
If you are worried about birds and other pests eating your new crop then it is best to make a protective cage around them. You can use small gauge wire or fishing line to build a protective cage above the plants.
Then, place the cage on the plants and fill it with organic matter (like small branches). The plants will grow through the netting and you will have delicious herbs in the summer and fall.
7) Deadhead Your Creeping Thyme!
If you want, remove the flowers from your creeping thyme plants when they bloom. This encourages them to produce more leaves and become bushier and healthier.
It is important to remember that the leaves of creeping thyme are the only part that is edible in most recipes. However, you can use flowers in certain recipes, such as herb butters or vinegars.
Even if you have never grown herbs before, it is easy to grow creeping thyme. As long as you choose a sunny location and keep the soil fertile, you should be able to enjoy your own crop of this lovely herb in the coming months.
Even with small gardens you can get a bumper crop in no time at all!
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Growing and Using Thyme: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-180 by M Gillett – 1998 – books.google.com
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