Aromatic plants

thyme

Irrigation of the thyme plant

The thyme plant does not need particularly frequent watering. If we grow a small portion of vegetable garden, garden or simply a plant in a jar, it will be more than enough to intervene to support normal rainfall. Obviously the very young plant will need fixed periodic watering without ever leaving it dry and trying to keep the soil humidity constant as much as possible. When the thyme plant is adult we will adjust according to the season. In spring, for example, if we live in a place characterized by high rainfall, it will not be necessary to intervene at all. Only in summer will we water the plant to avoid long periods of drought. The thyme, however,

Care for the cultivation of thyme


The cultivation of thyme can be done both starting from the seeds and taking the cuttings. Sowing begins in spring and can be done both in a container and then transfer the seedlings or directly to the home. The seed germinates very easily and after a fortnight we will have to see it sprout from the earth. If we have decided to keep the seedling in a small jar, we can opt to keep it there the first year, so as not to spend the harsh winter outside and transplant it the following spring. This choice is especially suitable for those who live in areas with a harsher than average climate. Once you have placed the plant or dwelling or in the pot where we will grow it, all you need to do is take the sprigs of thyme as needed in the kitchen.

Soil for the cultivation of thyme


Thyme is an undemanding plant from the point of view of nutrients. Fertilization may not be necessary at all. Thyme, in fact, grows spontaneously in poor, slightly stony and arid soils. Therefore enriching the earth too much could even be deleterious. If we really consider it necessary, we can simply resort to the preventive addition of a little well-decomposed organic compost. The main problem linked to too much fertilization of the soil is that the thyme risks growing luxuriantly in the aerial part but suffers the flavor which is less intense. We will work the earth contained in the jar only trying to break any harder clods and we will do the same thing if we have chosen to place it directly in the garden.

Thyme: Exposure and climate


Thyme can be attacked by fungal diseases, animal and vegetable parasites and insects of various kinds. Considering that the main use is in the kitchen in the preparation of meat and fish dishes, it is recommended to avoid chemicals and limit the use of specific pesticides only to actual need. The anomalies that we can see on the plant may also be simply due to an excessive water intake. First of all it is useful to limit irrigations and wait to see if the problems disappear spontaneously. Having chosen to grow it in pots, you could also simply opt for a different location, perhaps in a more sunny area. The flavor of thyme is more intense if it is left where there is good natural air circulation. It grows well in a temperate climate and tolerates both sub-zero winters and hot summers. If we doubt that our young thyme plant is dead, we wait for the period of vegetative growth before throwing it away, as it could unexpectedly grow back.

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