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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home | Lemon Thyme | PBS

Duration: 01:45
Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Just look at all of this lemon thyme. Isn't it gorgeous? Well, I just wish you could smell it. I mean, it's just incredible. You know, I like to use herbs in interesting and different ways. You could say, "Hey, I'm going to plant an herb garden." that's great. I have an herb garden, and I love it. Just look across all of these plants. It looks like a sea of lemon thyme.

Now, think about this as a ground cover. I use it as a ground cover in areas of my garden that are really well-drained, and I want something that would be very decorative and interesting. In fact, I took a long, narrow bed with some espaliered apple trees and planted lemon thyme under it. It was a knockout.

To harvest thyme, all you have to do is take a pair of scissors and just clip off the tips, like you're mowing this little landscape or this ground cover bed. Now, this is an herb that you can use in lots of different ways -- not only in the garden, but in the kitchen, as well. In the summer, this with roasted chicken is a knockout. And new potatoes? It's a must have.

You know, what's so great about herbs is that you can use them in so many ways -- as a ground cover, certainly something to use in the kitchen, to give life a little more flavor, and just as a decorative container out on your patio. Pick up some herbs and have some fun.

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Post Date: November 3, 2010