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Growing Thyme in The ACT

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 Australian summers.

Classic Mistakes

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


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: October-December
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.


Plant seedlings: All Year Round

Thyme can be planted all year round, but it’s easier to settle new plants into the garden in spring 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.


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


Thyme doesn't like to much water, so don’t over-water your plants. Water only when the soil is dry and the plants look thirsty.


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 flower.


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.


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.

What to do about Alternaria Blight?

Remove and destroy the affected areas of the plant. Use wide spacing to increase airflow if this is a common problem in your garden
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