I have my patch and the blog is a discussion of my joys and sorrows of this endeavor which I hope will inspire others to get a community plot or till up a small patch in the backyard.
Today (Wednesday) I posted a how to on making a raised bed. I created a raised bed for the thyme in the Community Patch. so now I am going to give a few details about three of the plants in that bed.
English Thyme, German Thyme and French Thyme - What's the difference?
According to some English and German are the same. However, they are not really. They are at best sub- species which developed originally due to climate differences in these three locations. All are considered Thymus vulgaris which is Thyme.
Now I am having camera issues so these were the best I can do, but the German and the English are next to each other and by golly they do look similar to me.
|German on the left, English on the right|
German Thyme has tiny leaves when compared to Common thyme. But the leaves are packed with more aromatic oils than many larger-leaved varieties. Also called winter thyme because it’s one of the most cold hardy thymes, it is an upright grower. So right now these look similar, but soon the German will be branching skyward while the English will be spreading sideways.
Here is a close up of German Thyme:
|slightly rounded leaf but not as round a common thyme|
Here is Common Thyme
|not like common thyme!|
Now let's look at French Thyme
French Thyme is another culinary thyme, but it originated in the Provence region of France and is the thyme used in Herbs De Provence and in other French dishes. The flavor is kin to Common thyme but a bit more musky. The leaves on this plant are pointed rather than rounded and the stem has a reddish color. This is not as hardy as English Thyme and is a slower grower, so it is perfect in containers. French Thyme is one of the thyme plants that did not make it through last winter in my herb garden.
|French is on the far right, Lemon thyme is on the left|
Which ever thyme you choose, try this blend.
1 tablespoons whole white peppercorns
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender flowers
Which one should you grow? Only you will know. However, if people do have a preference, I'd love to hear about it.