How To Grow Thyme And Their Benefits

Thyme is easy to grow and is used in many cuisines, one of the most commonly used culinary herbs. In the kitchen, thyme is used in cooking to add flavour to many dishes including soups, rice, and tomato dishes. In this article, we will share how to grow thyme, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from adding this herb to your diet.

There are over 300 varieties of thyme, offering a range of fragrances, flavour, and colours. Lemon thyme and common thyme are most used in the kitchen, but you can always experiment with different varieties. If your planning to grow thyme, here are some recommended varieties you should consider: ‘Common’, ‘Lemon’, ‘Archers Gold’, and ‘summer’.

How To Grow Thyme

Sow Outdoors and indoors from mid-late spring. Grow thyme in containers/pots in full sun. Sow around 1cm deep, in individual containers/pots, and 16 inches apart if growing in the ground. Thyme prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Plants will not grow well in cold soil, or if it gets too much water. water often, keep soil evenly moist, and don’t let the soil dry out for any period of time.

When roots start coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom, transplant thyme into a bigger .container/pot. Alternatively, dig a hole big enough in your garden for the roots, place your plant in and fill the rest with manure or compost. Fertiliser is optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a multi-purpose fertiliser.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Thyme is rich in beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, C, B-6, D, and B-12, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. In addition, thyme can lower blood pressure, help to stop coughing, boosts your immunity, and is used as a disinfectant. It can also boost your mood and goes well with many delicious foods.

Thyme is used in 8+ cuisines for a reason, its delicious subtle flavour and aroma goes well with many dishes. Here are some meals to add thyme to: pasta, rice, meat, or poultry, fish, pesto, potatoes, baked goods, homemade pizzas, sandwiches, rolls, wraps, etc.