Fragrant thyme’s easy to maintain

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Good enough to eat - Thyme

If you love colour but aren’t very good with maintenance, a pot of fragrant thyme may be the way to go, providing you with leaves for the kitchen and pretty flowers for the garden. Some are not really culinary plants but are grown for their flowers, so make sure you pick up the right type if you want to use it for cooking. Thyme needs to be planted in a sunny spot in poor, well-drained soil or in a terracotta pot filled with John Innes No 1 potting compost mixed with 50% potting grit to make a well-drained mix. The best time to plant is early summer, after the last frosts, spacing busy, upright types 23cm (9in) from their neighbours and spreading varieties 30cm (12in) apart. Water them in and water again in dry spells until the plants become established, after which time you won’t need to water them much at all, and don’t feed them.