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Thyme grows in forest glades, meadows, and on mountain slopes, and takes root in the middle lane and in the tropics. He decorates alpine slides and flower beds in summer cottages and suburban areas with a green carpet, fills balconies and rooms with aroma. Medoc thyme is known not only as an ornamental culture and spices, this thyme is valued for its medicinal properties, tart, but also a pleasant bitter taste. In the dense oil smell of the seeds, the aroma of wild rosemary leaves, strawberries, and lingonberries is felt.
Features of the variety
Vegetable thyme Medoc belongs to perennial crops. The shoots of the plant originally spread along the ground. Pink buds are formed on them, gathering in inflorescences. Small oblong leaves of thyme have a green tint on the outside, and a purple color on the inside.
The variety is different:
- drought resistance;
- high yield;
- long growing season.
Greens are harvested within 5 months after germination.
Medok tolerates light frosts normally, but is picky about lighting and loves loose and light soils; seeds will not sprout in clay soil.
50 g of aromatic mass is cut from one plant per season.
Useful properties of the variety
Dried leaves and stems of Medoc thyme are suitable for pickling and preserving vegetables; fresh herbs are used to season sauces and dishes. Delicious and healthy tea is made from this type of thyme.
All parts of the plant contain:
- vitamins of groups C and B;
- essential oils;
- mineral salts.
In the pharmaceutical industry, tinctures and syrups are produced from thyme, which have a bactericidal effect, kill harmful microbes.
Thyme-based medicines heal wounds and suppurations, effectively fight scabies and lice, and eliminate inflammation of the gums and tonsils.
When using Medka, like other types of thyme:
- Appetite improves.
- Edema dissolves.
- The cough subsides.
- The nervous system calms down.
Thyme restores sexual desire, normalizes the menstrual cycle in women, and neutralizes snake venom. Tincture from the plant helps to cope with alcoholism.
In official and folk medicine, the herb is used in the treatment of gastritis, atherosclerosis, cholecystitis.
How and when to plant
Seeds of creeping thyme Medoc are sown on the garden bed in spring or autumn. Greens are grown on the windowsill all year round. Adult grass is propagated by cuttings, bushes are divided. To accelerate the ripening of the leaves, the seedling method is used.
Small grains of thyme are sown in open ground to a depth of 5-7 mm. A little peat or sand is poured on top. The ground is covered with plastic wrap. It is removed when the thyme begins to sprout.
On the garden bed, Medka seeds are placed every 4-6 mm, leaving 20 centimeters between the rows. On a flowerbed or an alpine hill, the sprouts can not be thinned out, then a thick carpet is obtained. There will be a lot of greenery if the variety is sown in late autumn, when the ground is already frozen. In regions where there is no snow and cold winters, thyme is covered with spruce branches.
Grass seeds germinate poorly and for a long time. Tender sprouts in an open bed often die. Therefore, many gardeners prefer the seedling method of growing Medoc thyme. The bottom of a box or other container up to 10 cm deep is filled with expanded clay, gravel or fine gravel. Soil is poured onto the drainage layer. After watering, the seeds are evenly placed, covered with sand on top. The box is wrapped in plastic. It is transferred to a cool room when the sprouts break through. When forming 3 leaves of thyme dive, the seedlings are thinned out.
Seedlings are sent to the garden at the age of 2 months. They start work in cloudy weather.
Regardless of where the thyme is planted in a greenhouse, on a windowsill or outdoors, the bushes will be lush and leafy if properly cared for. Grass will not please greenery in heavy soil, where water stagnates.
When growing thyme outdoors, make sure that the soil does not dry out. In the heat of summer, thyme needs more moisture than in spring. When it begins to bloom, the amount of watering is increased to 2 or 3 times a week.
It happens that it rains constantly, the water stagnates in the ground, the roots can rot.
After each moistening, the soil must be loosened, otherwise the crust formed will prevent the plant from saturating with nutrients.
Before sowing seeds, planting bushes on a bed, 30 g of nitroammofoska and rotted manure are introduced into the ground at the rate of 2 kg per square meter.
During the summer, especially after cutting the greens, thyme is fed with fertilizers containing a complex of minerals. Seedlings are sprayed with Epin-extra. It must be tempered by lowering the temperature in the room. When growing Medoc thyme, lamps are additionally installed on the windowsill.
Pests and diseases
Thyme is rich in aromatic oils that many insects fear. However, in the absence of care, not observing the rules of agricultural technology, pests start on the leaves and stems.
Thyme suffers from:
- meadow moth;
- sandy linger.
Thyme kills aphids in a short planting time. To protect the crop from insects, the ground part of the plants is sprayed with insecticides. Fungal diseases occur with excess moisture, improper care.
Do not pick fragrant greens with your hands, as the bushes are pulled out by the roots. Cut leaves and stems are dried in the air or in a ventilated area. Thyme is stored in bundles, which are best hung on the wall, but so that the sun does not fall on them.
For making tea or using thyme as a spice, the medoc is cut before the flowers appear. Among the people, people believed in the mysterious power of the plant and collected it for the Assumption of the Virgin or for the Trinity. Thyme is cut for drying when there is no dew; it is harvested in May or June.