I’m in a bit of a gardening slump. My seedlings aren’t growing much. The seeds I planted in the garden a couple weekends ago haven’t come up yet. In fact, many of them have been dug up by the rats!
The only thing that grew a little bit this week is the thyme that I’m trying to propagate through cuttings.
Although I’m a little disappointed, I’ll be leaving Palo Alto at the end of June. (I took a job in Portland!) It’s hard to get too upset over a garden that I won’t be around to enjoy for much longer. I’ll get to re-start seeds all over again in Portland. And hopefully ?? it goes better next time.
Regarding thyme, the Farmer’s Almanac says: “It’s hard to grow thyme from seeds because of slow, uneven germination. It’s easier to buy the plants from a garden center or take some cuttings from a friend. Over time, you can propagate from your own cuttings.”
I took a couple of clippings from this thyme plant…
…stripped off the bottom leaves…
…and put it in soil:
Most of what I read on the internet says it’s best to plant thyme cuttings in potting/seed-starting soil rather than trying to get them to root in water. I’m going to trying both methods, though, because I had an excess of thyme cuttings.
I later added some oregano cuttings to both the soil and the water to see if those would propagate easier or differently from thyme.
Thyme should take 2-6 weeks to root, so be patient…