I LOVE growing herbs!  They are often hardy and can withstand our year-round cold night temperatures.  Using fresh herbs in cooking adds wonderful flavor!  Like rosemary and sage, thyme is easy to grow and good for you!

100 Best Health Foods: “The evergreen leaves of thyme have a powerful aromatic flavor and strong antioxidant action because of the volatile oils and plant compounds they contain.  The most important of these is thymol oil.  Research on this oil has found it can boost the effects of healthy omega-3 fats on the body” (such as omega-3 DHA found in fish oils).  Thyme may boost brain power, is strongly antiseptic and antioxidant, and rich in flavonoid antioxidants, vitamin C, and iron.

 There are different varieties of thyme.  Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is the type most frequently used for cooking in recipes such as pasta dishes, pizza sauces, salad dressing, soups, poultry dishes, fish and eggs.  Yum – I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!  Check out this video that demonstrates how to efficiently chop they tiny leaves of fresh thyme!
Bonnie Plants suggests  you plant thyme in your herb garden, at the edge of a walk, along a short garden wall, or in containers.  As a special garden treat, put a few along a walkway, between stepping stones, and your footsteps will release its aroma.  And guess what? It’s small two-lipped flowers, which range in color from white through pink to deep rose-magenta, attract bees, so this is a pollinator plant! Growing herbs fits perfectly into our eco-friendly pursuit lifestyle.  Each time I clip off a few stems of my fresh herbs, I think about the packaging and transportation (and money) I’m saving!  And, to boot, my thyme plants are supporting our local pollinators!
Photo Credits:
Garden Pot with thyme: Alice Henneman
Thyme ground cover: libraryrachel

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