Organic Thyme – Old English Winter
One of the most useful kitchen herbs for stews, stuffings and bouquet garnish, this aromatic, evergreen thyme will grow almost anywhere in containers, rock gardens, borders, and even cracks in paving. It is ideal for creating low, matt forming groundcover that will attract bees to the tiny, pink blooms. Thyme is particularly useful in coastal areas where it copes well with winds and dry conditions. Height: 30cm. Spread: 35cm.
Sow seeds from March to April, in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost, and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 15-20C until germination, which takes up to 24 days. Transplant seedlings into small pots or cells until large enough to plant outdoors. Plant in well prepared soil in full sun, once frost risk has passed, 25cm apart. Thyme is winter hardy but best picked young. Plants should survive for several years if trimmed to keep their shape.