Thyme is a widely used popular herb that is especially admired for its culinary benefits and uses. It is a hardy herb that can flourish even in a pot or container. It wouldn’t even die if it wasn’t watered very often. In fact, it can even withstand drought. Not just in terms of watering, thyme doesn’t require large amounts of fertilizer either. Therefore, it is a low maintenance plant from all possible facets that does not require a lot of care and attention. It is also perennial in nature, which means it will have a tendency to come back again and again. It can grow to a height of around eight to twelve inches, making it an ideal herb to grow in pots.
Thyme is a beneficial herb that acts as a natural attractor to numerous pollinators that add added value to any garden. In the flowering stage, thyme tends to attract bees using its flowers. The flowers contain a rich pollen and nectar that has the ability to attract pollinating insects and birds. As honey bees and native bees approach the stage of rapid reduction and possible extinction, thyme can help survive populations as essential as an effective pollinator plant. In addition to the reasons for pollination, this attractive nature of thyme can bring a number of beneficial and beautiful bees, birds and insects into any garden and thus increase the beauty and pleasure of a gardener’s dream garden.
Thyme is an attractive plant to grow and maintain in any kitchen garden or garden. It requires a minimum of maintenance and attention and yet offers a magnificent sight with its flowers, which are generally white or lavender in color. They contain a fragrance that along with their beauty enhances an environment of color, peace and health. The herb also acts as an eye-catching ground cover or decorative edging plant, as well as attracting bees to pollinate tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers with their aromatic blossoms.
Thyme can be of different varieties. Most of these can be purchased at herb stores or garden centers in seed or plant form. The most common of these is Thymus vulgaris, which is often referred to as wild thyme or common thyme. This variety of thyme is the most used for cooking. Other well-known and widely used types of thyme are French and German thyme. There are also some types of thyme that contain various citrus flavors such as orange or lemon.
Thyme seeds and plants can be purchased at most garden centers and nurseries. Although the seeds are very small, they can be conveniently grown both indoors and outdoors in a sunny area several weeks before the date of the last frost. Thyme seeds usually germinate within a week if grown in a warm, sunny location. On the other hand, established plants can be dug up during spring days and divided into well-drained soil rather than extremely soggy soil. The grass should be allowed to grow and flower after the mid-summer harvest.
Thyme twigs and flowers are edible. The twigs can be easily dried and stored. The gourmet flavor and aroma of thyme can be used to prepare many dishes, including breads, meats, stews, soups, and salads. It has been used since the time of the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians for its medicinal properties. It has effective antiseptic and restorative capabilities. Thyme also contains fragrances and funeral qualities. In fact, during the Middle Ages, this herb was related to bravery and was therefore often used as an emblem of bravery on clothing. Many also believed that it was a habitable herb for garden fairies, such was its magnificence. Even in this generation, thyme is used as an additive to many commercial everyday products such as toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, perfumes, deodorants, and colognes. Thyme has also been used as an insect repellent because while it attracts helpful pollinators, it actually repels harmful insects. Thus, despite being such a beneficial herb, thyme is an effective attractor for bees and pollinating birds that is very easy to grow and maintain. It is an attractive addition to any garden.