The thymus plant, properly Thymus, is a very aromatic plant, this is part of the Lamiaceae and has very ancient origins, in fact already the pharaohs in ancient Egypt used it widely to mummify the mummies, since its special properties maintain very well skin resistance. Thyme is also often used in beverages, as it has antiseptic and disinfectant properties that are optimal for gastrointestinal or general problems.
Obviously the main site of use of the plant is the kitchen, chefs from all over the world make it a fundamental element to harmonize the flavors of meat and fish, or to prepare delicious liqueurs.
The best idea, where possible, is to cultivate thyme in your home. This plant does not require particular climatic conditions and therefore it is very resistant to any kind of atmosphere, even ours, without being affected by sudden changes, heat and temperatures.
The first thing to do is to choose a suitable soil, both the clayey and the too dry one are not suitable at all. You must choose a mixed soil, as it will allow the plant to breathe, will give it the right amount of water and at the same time avoid blocking the nutrients.
Water is the nourishing element of the plant, but any excess can damage it. A soil that allows the flow of water supplied to the plant to pass through entirely risks to wear it down and kill it.
Thyme is a plant that is particularly subject to mold, so we must be very careful with water, avoiding also stagnation, which would also attract insects that would damage its leaves.
Also pay attention to mushrooms and rust, deleterious to the thyme. Place the thyme in an area where there are not many insects, in fact this plant tends to attract many insects that would be a ruin for its growth.
In some rare cases the use of chemical products for sale on the market is the only way to go but, before rushing into the purchase, we advise you to use at least trying the classic and ancient remedies to regenerate a plant and keep it safe. However, the chemicals, although safe, are deposited on the leaves that you will have to use in the kitchen.
If you want to grow thyme in a vase, you will have to use the above mentioned soil and a very large container, at least 30 centimeters, of terracotta and never plastic. Do not use a saucer, you will leave the roots free to breathe.
If you want to grow thyme in the garden, you can use seeds or cuttings. If you have a bag of seeds available, you will have to wait at least the end of March before sowing. Place a box with mixed soil and peat in the sun, make holes that are not too deep and insert the seeds in each one. Then, do not move the soil but cool it and cover the small holes. Water generously but without overdoing and wait for the seedlings to grow.
In August, gently dig up the seedlings. Make small holes at a distance of thirty centimeters and insert the thyme plant inside. Cover with fresh soil and water.
If you do not have the seeds but the cutting, you can insert it directly into the garden, without damaging the roots during cultivation.
How to proceed with care and collection
Thyme, even without needing excessive care, must still be followed. Always remove the weeds and dry leaves, remove the small twigs to prune them, using appropriate scissors and NEVER hands.
The scissors must be of excellent quality, the cut must be dry and under the largest branch. Once done, disinfect the piece of branch that remains uncovered. The products on sale are fine.
The harvest can be done throughout the year, both in leaf and in branches.
If you want to move the thyme from one area to another, do it in the warmer months, perfect August, being careful not to choose shaded areas that would bring the plant to a rapid dryness and consequent deterioration.
Thyme, used for the most varied things, is usually dried, but not everyone knows that the leaves are excellent even fresh. Excellent are also the flowers used fresh, they are kept for a few days in the fridge in kitchen paper.
If you want to preserve and dry the leaves, once collected leave them in shaded areas with plenty of air and then store them in glass jars.
The culinary tradition wants to use it in the kitchen, a mixture made from chopped long-dried thyme leaves and a mixture of salt and pepper. This perfect mix is used as an alternative condiment to the classic salt, it is tasty for dishes of all kinds and even salads.
It should also be remembered that in addition to attracting insects, the thymus nostrils also attract the fairies.