New World Little Gardens

thyme pattern


Thymus vulgaris

With lots of sun and good drainage, this 'English Winter' thyme will flourish in your herb garden. Its little leaves are a flavoursome and versatile addition to meats, soups, stews and vegetables.








Getting started

  • Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand.
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed mat on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
  • Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed mat.
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • Within 2-3 weeks you should see a little plant appear from the soil. That means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden.
  • If more than one little plant grows, you can thin your thyme seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one and removing the others.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • When your thyme is about as tall as your hand (in approx. 1 month), it’s ready to shift into the garden or pot.
  • Get your thyme used to life outside: you can harden off your thyme seedling by putting it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Thyme hails from the sunny Mediterranean where it grows on dry, rocky hillsides, so it needs full sun with good drainage
  • If your soil is heavy clay, grow thyme in a pot.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • Water your thyme seedling when it’s young, but when the plants are well-established they should only need watering when the weather is particularly dry.

Harvest time

  • 2-3 months after planting, your thyme should be ready to harvest. For best flavour, harvest just before the plant flowers. Cut or pinch-off individual sprigs halfway down the stem.
  • Regular harvesting will encourage new growth.
  • Thyme contains a natural ingredient which is good for sore throats and coughs, so if you start to get the sniffles, add a couple of sprigs of thyme to a lemon and honey drink.

Pro tip:

  • Keep established plants on the dry side.

Watch out

  • Thyme is relatively untroubled by pests in the garden.
  • In heavy, water-logged soils it can be prone fungal infections which cause it to rot, so make sure the soil has good drainage.

Thyme in your gardens