THYME (Thymus vulgaris), also known as German or Winter Thyme, is one of the most versatile culinary herbs in your kitchen garden. It can be used for any meat, vegetable, or cheese, but is most popular in stews and certain mediterranean dishes. This is the classic English (T. serphyllum) variety. A woody perennial that grows 16-24" tall with a sprawling habit. Perenniel in zones 5-8 and will be much happier, and prettier, if you clip it periodically for your cooking. Bees LOVE this plant, so grow it for their sake and to attract these wonderful pollinators to your garden. Perennial. You will get one live plant in a 4" pot.
MEDICINAL USES: Folk lore said that thyme provided a home for garden fairies, so it was always included in cottage gardens for this reason. Used for centuries as a powerful expectorant. Brew the pounded leaves and serve as a tea or gargle for sore throats.
GROWING TIPS: Harden off for transplant to your garden. Prefers full sun, light well-drained soil. Keep it pinched back so it does not become spindly and also to use in your kitchen!
INSTRUCTIONS ON RECEIPT: Open immediately and give a drink of water, preferably filtered water. If using tap water, allow the water to “breathe” overnight before using to dissipate any chlorine which can be fatal to delicate organic seedlings. Put under grow light or near a natural light source, preferably without cold or drafts for at least a few days to settle down from its journey, keeping it moist but not waterlogged. If weather is not permissible you can hold your seedling for some time, potting up as necessary after a month. (Keep in its original pot for that long if you are not moving to the garden, as a new growing medium or too large a pot could cause failure.) If weather is permissible, begin your hardening off process of very gradual exposure to outside elements – 15 minutes at a time, graduating up to a full day by 15 minute to half hour increments. Watch carefully! If it is warm already in your growing zone, you can quickly lose transplants by rushing this process. Patience is rewarded with a vigorous transplant. When fully hardened off, situate to their permanent garden spot and let rest a day or two there, again, watching carefully for any sign of distress. Then, when you have a nice cloudy day in the offing, transplant into the garden, providing any support or cover required, giving a shot of organic fertilizer (I recommend Espoma). Keep watered, but not waterlogged. Keep a watchful eye on your baby.