Thyme is a great herb to grow in our garden, it loves hot sunny location, with well-drained soil. I love the smell of thyme, it is fragrant, though not overpowering, really pleasant. It is not only used in cooking, but it looks pretty and very attractive, gracefully cascading over the pot. I bought this pot of thyme, common thyme (thymus vulgaris), a couple of months back, and it is growing well. There are many varieties of thymes, but this is the most popular.
Some interesting facts about tyhmes from Wikipedia :
"Thyme is a good source of iron and is used to flavour meat, soups, stews and baking. It has medicinal value, it contains an essential oil, thymol, an antiseptic. A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for cough and bronchitis. Because it is antiseptic, thymes boiled in water and cooled is very effective against inflammation of the throat when gargled 3 times a day. The inflammation will normally disappear 2-5 days."
This photo was taken a few days ago.
Thymes can be propagated in a number of ways, seed, root division and from cutting. The quickest way to grow is from root division. Thymes will start to become woody and produce fewer leaves after three or four years, and at this stage, the plant need to be separated by propagation and replanted. I should really try this, it would be great if this works and I will have another pot of thyme and more to pass around!
The sprigs and leaves can be frozen or dried and will retain their original flavour. During full bloom, cut 5-6 inch stems and allow them to air-dry. After the leaves are thoroughly dry and brittle, remove them from the stem and store in an air-tight container. I'm going to try this soon, as I think that my pot is really full.
I have recently made a moist and delightful cake using this wonderful herb. If you would like to try out this cake, please click Golden Pear and Thyme Cake.
If you do not have a pot of thyme in your garden, it's about time you do! I bought mine at a nearby nursery and it cost me around RM8.00, but if you are around Sg. Buloh, you can easily buy it at RM5.00. Growing them with seeds would take forever, for me, at least! Since I would like to use them for cooking and baking, I just buy them from the nursery and let them grow for a bit before using them. I am trying to grow dills by seeds. I sowed the seeds a few days ago, but nothing so far. But I am in no hurry, I have a pot of dill from the nursery too!