Can you see it? My first herb garden seeds have sprouted. I just love when you wake up one morning to find green where it wasn’t the night before, especially on a snowy day.
What exactly is thyme? It does very well for me in my outside herb garden but it’s one of those herbs that I don’t use very often so I thought I would do a little research on it. According to Wikipedia:
“Ancient Egyptian used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing that thyme was a source of courage. It was thought that the spread of thyme throughout Europe was thanks to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to “give an aromatic flavor to cheese and liqueurs”. In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. In this period, women would also often give knights and warriors gifts that included thyme leaves as it was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funerals as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.”
“Thyme is best cultivated in a hot sunny location with well drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or by dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands.”
“Thyme is often used to flavor meats, soups and stews. It has a particular affinity to and is often used as a primary flavor with lamb, tomatoes and eggs. As with bay, thyme is slow to release its flavors so it is usually added early in the cooking process.”
There is other information on the website if you’re interested, I just captured the highlights. I was very successful in taking some rooted sections from my herb garden this past summer and starting a few plants in my tilled bed.
So my thyme seeds were good. Will see if the rest of the herbs come now.
Until next Thyme – Happy Gardening!