How to Plant Creeping Thyme Seeds


Chefs love creeping thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as a seasoning for meats and other entrees, while landscapers prize the ground-hugging plant as an ornamental ground cover thanks to its colorful blossoms. Whatever your reason for growing it, you'll find the plant hardy, as it can thrive in any climate with a temperature ranging between 45 degrees and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Washington State University. Instead of buying started creeping thyme from a nursery, save money by starting your herb collection from seed.

Step 1

Break up the dirt in your garden, using a spade to a depth of 1/2 foot, and mix in 2 inches of compost to improve drainage.

Step 2

Scatter the creeping thyme seeds on the soil surface, spacing each seed apart by 24 inches. If you're growing several rows of creeping thyme, Washington State University recommends separating the rows by 24 inches.

Step 3

Rake the planting site to cover the seeds with a thin, 1/4-inch-thick layer of dirt.

Step 4

Water the planting site two times every day, or as required to keep the soil surface moist. The creeping thyme will usually sprout within two weeks. Once the seedlings are 1 to 2 inches tall, reduce watering to once every four to five days while using enough water to moisten the dirt to a depth of 6 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Rake


  • "Your Backyard Herb Garden;" Miranda Smith; 1999
  • Washington State University: Thyme
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