At least we've given you some good reasons to contemplate while grumbling over the work involved!
Rob Lineberger wrote:Congrats, you've all changed my mind! :) Really this was all tongue in cheek as I was plucking thyme leaves last night for savory fried apples. I have a couple types of thyme and use them frequently but each time I wistfully eye the patch of oregano. (And Marjoram, as Jay pointed out.) I guess thyme isn't *that* bad to work with... *grumble
I wonder if the timing is critical. I've had similar experiences to what you described, but I pruned the one in my front bed last year and it responded wonderfully. Now I'm thinking I should have been better about keeping a garden journal so I could figure out what I did right!
L Allen, since you grow six varieties, would you happen to know if there is one that takes kindly to pruning?
Hugo Morvan wrote:
L Allen, since you grow six varieties, would you happen to know if there is one that takes kindly to pruning? I notice that they get woody and woodier in three or four years, become small shrubs , then when i prune mine back, they do not become the soft lush easy to handle twigs any more. Since i grow lots of them in rows in my beds as a border and mini wind trap i'd like to improve on the situation.
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L Allen wrote:I think they taste quite different too. In fact, I grow about six different thymes and four oreganos, and they're all very distinct.
Laurie Dyer wrote:
I'm always looking to add more thyme varieties to my collection. I have creeping thyme, lemon thyme, and woolly thyme. (To be honest, I only really eat the creeping thyme, the others are mostly used as ground cover). Do you have any suggestions for another variety to add?
Janet Reed wrote:I just cut all my thyme for winter. I cut the whole plants. When they are green I process them stem and all. When they have dried I just strip off the leaves. No problem. What in the WORLD is the big deal.