Thyme : 15 reasons to grow thyme indoor or in your home garden

Why to Grow Thyme ?

Imagine a symphony. There are the loud, in-the-spotlight players, like the trumpet or the violin, and then there are the supporting instruments. In a dish, garden thyme (thymus) is that supporting instrument, like a clarinet or oboe, that provides the rich backbone, against which the spotlight players shine.

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There are two main types of thyme: ornamental and culinary. Thyme is a broad category, and most of the varieties are ornamental.

The three most common types of culinary thyme are French, lemon, and caraway.

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Why to grow Thyme ? Here are 15 reasons…

1. Culinary thyme is a hardy perennial that is evergreen in most gardening zones. It is drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly.

2. Thyme is that culinary herb which makes bringing fresh flavor to the kitchen easily.

3. Thyme holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other flavors like garlic, olive oil and tomatoes.

4. It thrives in hot conditions, loves full-sun, and doesn’t need constant watering or attention.

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5. Thyme pretty much grows itself. In fact, the more you fuss with it, the less hardy it will be.

6. Thyme grows very well indoors, if given a bright, sunny window.

7. It can be planted in both containers and within the garden.

8. Thyme is also perfect for containers, either alone or in combination with plants that won’t shade it out.

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9. Thyme is one of those herbs, like oregano or sage, which tastes great both fresh and dried.

10. The more you trim your thyme, the more it grows. Regular pruning not only encourages more growth, but also promotes a more rounded shape.

11. Thyme is easily dried, refrigerated, frozen, or preserved in oil or vinegar.

12. Thyme is great with any slowly cooked soup, stew, vegetable, meat, or sauce.

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13. It makes a nice complement to tomato sauces, cheeses, eggs and vegetables.

14. It can also be used to flavor jellies, breads, vinegars, marinades, sauces and in bouquet garni.

15. Thyme is also considered to have antiseptic and preservative properties and has long been used medicinally as well as when preserving meats. You’ll even find thyme in perfume.

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