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Growing Thyme in Western Australia

Introducing Thyme

A great herb to plant in the hot, dry areas of your garden. Thyme is a drought-tolerant, hardy perennial herb. It has a strong flavour and thrives the heat of the Western Australian summers.

Classic Mistakes

Thyme doesn’t like rich soil. Don’t over-feed or over-water it.

Sunlight

Grow in: Partial Shade - Full Sun

Thyme can grow in a variety of conditions, but it does best in full sun.

Soil Preparation

Thyme, like other Mediterranean herbs, prefers a poor soil. Don’t work in compost or manure. Thyme grows naturally in gravelly soil, so if you’re planting it into pots, be sure to add some stones for improved drainage.

Sowing Seed

Sow seed: September-November
Sowing depth: Twice the height of the seed

Thyme can be grown from seed, but the plants take a long time to become established, so they are usually grown from seedlings, small plants or cuttings.

Planting

Plant seedlings: All Year Round

Thyme plants can be planted all year round, but it’s easier to settle new plants into the garden in spring and autumn when the weather is more temperate.

Thyme is best planted from seedlings or semi hardwood cuttings. Simply place your seedlings into prepared holes and water them in.

Care

Pick from your plants often. It’ll encourage them to grow more vigorously and to fill out.

Watering

Don’t over-water. Water only when the soil is dry.

Feeding

Thyme does not usually need to be fertilized. Over feeding the plants will cause them to produce an abundance of leaves, but the flavour will be less intense. Feed lightly once a year when the plants flowers.

Mulching

Thyme does not need to be mulched. It prefers the soil to dry out between waterings. If you want to mulch to keep the weeds out, then some small stones, pebbles, or gravel would make a good mulch.

Harvesting

Harvest: to Weeks After Planting

Harvest as needed. Simply pick stalks or use scissors to cut what you need. The leaves can be used fresh or dried. You’ll notice that your plants won’t grow much in winter, but as soon as the weather warms up, they’ll have a burst of vigorous growth.

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