Growing thyme through the year
Young plants are widely available and easier to establish than seedlings.
Originally from the Mediterranean, thyme prefers well-drained soil that's low in nutrients. Planting it in full sun brings the essential oils to the surface of the leaves and gives it great flavour.
Essentially drought-loving, thyme needs protection from cold winds and wet winters. Plant it in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn. If growing in a container, use a soil-based compost with plenty of grit added, and keep it raised off the ground to provide free drainage.
Tending the crop
Trim thyme after it's finished flowering to promote new growth. This will give you more leaves to harvest through the winter. If you don’t tidy them up, plants become woody and will need replacing after three years.
Once established, thyme won’t need watering. If you are growing your plant in a container, give it a weekly feed from March until May with liquid seaweed.