Thyme: The Herb of Courage

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

Garden thyme, fresh or dried, alone or combined with parsley and bay leaves to make a bouquet garni, adds a distinctive aromatic flavouring to meats, poultry, stews, sauces, and stuffing. Thymus vulgaris, commonly known as cooking thyme, English thyme, French thyme, or winter , Flower Gardens thyme is just one of the 350 species of the genus Thymus. Often called the 'herb of courage,' garden , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols thyme can be grown indoors , Attract Butterflies To Your Garden! or out. Thyme is a shrubby perennial , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols with small, oval, narrow, grey-green leaves, long, woody, branched stems, and sturdy roots. , Landscaping for Wildlife This plant , Small Garden Design - Creating Illusions Of More Space blooms in mid-summer and has lavender-pink flowers , Taking Care of Your Bonsai that occur in small clusters. The flowers , Amaryllis Secrets attract bees and the honey produced is highly valued. The leaves are very aromatic. Leaves, stems, and flowers , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? may all be eaten.

Garden thyme grows , Insect Spray Warnings and Healthy Alternatives 6 - 20 inches (15 - 50 cm) tall, prefers light, , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice well-drained soil, , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens and full sun. , Lawn Mower Safety Allow soil , Finding the Right Landscaping Company to dry between waterings, as this plant , Feng Shui In the Garden is susceptible to root , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens rot and will not survive long in heavy wet soils. , Variety In Garden Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden Thyme can be propagated by stem cuttings, seeds, , Flower Delivery and layering.

Pot outdoor plants , Small Garden Design - Creating Illusions Of More Space for bringing indoors , Landscaping for Wildlife in the fall. , Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House Check for insects and spray with a soap and water , Garden Benches spray if required. Indoor plants , Send Flowers Online require at least 5 hours of strong sunlight a day. If placed on a windowsill, turn plants , A Quick Overview of Outdoor Hot Tubs frequently to ensure all sides receive equal exposure to the light. , The Benefits of Wholesale Flower Bulbs If growing , Finding the Right Landscaping Company under fluorescents, hang lights , The Benefits of Wholesale Flower Bulbs 6 inches (15 cm) above the plants , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? and leave on for 14 hours a day.

In the garden, , Taking Care of Your Bonsai plant , Rose Gardening thyme anywhere as it deters cabbageworm and accents the aromatic qualities of other plants , Feng Shui In the Garden and herbs. , Amaryllis Secrets In the kitchen, , Flower Gardens thyme is often used in sausage and other fatty foods , Garden Benches such as lamb, pork, duck, or goose as it aids in the digestive process. Generally speaking, in the kitchen, , Weed Control Facts - Winning the Battle of the Weeds dried thyme is used, as it is preferred for cooking. This herb , Garden Swings Create an Enchanted Garden Setting enhances the flavour of tomato , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life sauces, casseroles, soup, spaghetti sauce, eggs, potatoes, fish, , Add Some Enchantment To Your Backyard With A Garden Gazebo green , Variety In Garden Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden vegetables, chowders, seafood of all kinds, breads, roasted meats, marinades for meats, plain rice, and tea.

Thyme is especially good in recipes that call , How to Buy a Porch Swing for long, slow cooking as it is one of the few herbs , Garden Swing for Heart and Soul that does not lose flavour in cooking, so can be added early. Sprigs can be placed in the water , Taking Care of Your Bonsai of steamed or boiled vegetables, , Super Foods from Home Gardens or used to make thyme-scented vinegar or oil. Fresh leaves and flowers , Finding the Right Landscaping Company can be used in tossed green , Add Some Enchantment To Your Backyard With A Garden Gazebo salads, and use the leaves, fresh or dried, for butter and cooking oil. Strip the leaves from stems when using fresh. Chopped fresh leaves are much more pungent than dried so use sparingly if substituting for dried in a recipe. The dried flowers , Variety In Garden Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden and/or leaves are often combined with rosemary and spearmint to make an aromatic tea said to be useful for calming the nerves and soothing headaches.

Thyme can be preserved by freezing or drying. To dry, lay the stems of thyme flat , Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Florida Homes or hang them in bunches in a shady, dry location. , Amish Furniture on the Front Porch Strip the dry leaves from the stems and store in an airtight container. To freeze, lie on a cookie pan, freeze, store in airtight freezer bags, and use as required.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Small Design - Creating Illusions Of More Space consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Planting Tomatoes in Your Garden Of Peace - Gardening , Attract Butterflies To Your Garden! For The Soil, , Finding the Right Landscaping Company Gardening , Amaryllis Secrets For The Soul and the booklet Non-toxic Alternatives For Everyday Cleaning And Gardening , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed Products. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Color in the where you will find lots of free information , Automate Your Lawn Work about gardening , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? for the soil , Garden Swing for Heart and Soul and gardening , US Flag Etiquette for the soul. To find out more about the books and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca

Gwen Nyhus Stewart © 2004 - 2005. All rights reserved.

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