Growing Thyme in New South Wales
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 in hot weather.
Thyme doesn’t like rich soil. Don’t over-feed or over-water it.
Thyme can tolerate some shade, but does best in full sun.
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.
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.
Thyme can be planted all year round, although 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.
Pick from your plants often. It’ll encourage them to grow more vigorously and to fill out.
Don’t over-water. Water only when the soil is dry.
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.
As soon as your plants are established, you may 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.
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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