Your online resource

for all things culinary

HOME Search this Site All Recipes Special Sections Articles &  Resources Kitchen Equipment Food & Health Growing Food Directories

Missing an Ingredient ?


Growing Thyme


Go to:-   Growing Vegetables Main Page Growing Herbs & Vegetables Main Page 

Growing Herbs Main Page   |  Garden Store



Below are general guidelines for growing thyme including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


For detailed instructions on growing fruit and vegetables plus in-depth articles on growing your own edible produce visit our sister site or why not visit our gardening blog The Urban Gardener.



Plant Height

Up to 30cm/12 inches

Where to Sow

Indoors  in  pots 7.5cm/3-inches in diameter. 

Sowing time

Indoors March/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

How to Sow

Very thinly. Cover with 3mm/1/8-inch of compost, water well then place in sealed polythene bags or cover with glass. Water from beneath.

After Germination

Remove from bags or glass. Place  in light position (out of direct sunlight). Thin to 3 plants per pot when the plants are about 12mm/1/2" tall. This is easily done with tweezers.

Growing on - 

in Pots

Harden off  and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. Once the plants are established with a good root system, divide into separate plants and pot each up into 15cm/6" pots.

Growing on -

in open ground

As above but once hardened off, plant 25cm/10-inches inches apart in full sun.


Harvest whole stems before or at flowering time.  Good for drying.


One of the most fragrant herbs which goes well with fish, meat, poultry, game, cheese...almost everything! Used in Bouquet Garni


Overseas Visitors:        If you're more used to measuring ingredients by the cup, we have the most comprehensive weight to cups conversion table on the net - both solid ingredients and liquids - so now you can easily convert our recipes to suit your preference.  Click here to go to the chart. Why not print it off for future reference.


Metric/imperial users can do the same but the other way round - from cups to grams or ounces.

 Follow us 





 Sign up for Free E-mailings

I still haven't found what I'm looking for


Try our search facility. Type in your main ingredient (s) or whatever you happen to have available in your store cupboard or fridge and allow us to whisk you up a recipe in seconds!




For full advanced search tips visit our main search page via the red "search this site" button at the top of the page


About Us  |  Contact Us  |   Advertise |    Private Privacy  |   Media Resources  |  Links  |  Sitemap  |  Printing Recipes  |  


Abbreviations on this site  




This Web Site was designed and created by Copyright 2000 to date [Recipes4us] All rights reserved.

 Some Photos