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Old 06-14-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Oregano and Thyme...

Help!
How will I tell the difference? Does it matter?
Just finished planting my herbs and things, started from seed.
I let my 2 year old (the infamous LegoGirl) finish watering them the other day while they were still in thier little paper pots on the table outside. I ran inside for something, I came back and she had all me tags taken out of the herbs!!!!!!
I have 4 types of basil, I know which are the genovese, the other 3 I can tell once they are big enough to taste I'm sure. But how will I know the oregano from thyme? They look just about the same, no?
Boy I'm glad the others look so different.....

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Old 06-14-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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They look different, but more importantly they smell and taste different. Thyme typically has much smaller leaves than oregano. There are so many different kinds though that what is true of one type will be not true of another. Once they start to grow though it will be obvious by taste and smell.
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Thanks, I really shouldn't ever take my eyes off that kid!
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I know the feeling!
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Suzie, go to google images and enter the specific plant name for photos of them.
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I grow both, so if you need a side by side pic, let me know.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:24 PM   #7
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This is my thyme




and this is my oregano

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Wow, GB. That looks great! Did you start that from seed this year?
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Nope. The oregano was started from seed about 4 years ago in my brothers garden. He gave me a small clipping that I planted and each year it comes back nice and strong. It is amazingly fragrant and flavorful.

The thyme I bought already started last year. It came back very well this year.
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Nope. The oregano was started from seed about 4 years ago in my brothers garden. He gave me a small clipping that I planted and each year it comes back nice and strong. It is amazingly fragrant and flavorful.

The thyme I bought already started last year. It came back very well this year.
Same with me. You just cannot beat fresh oregano. In the spring, if the plant looks a little thin, I just trim it down to about an inch tall. Then it comes back like crazy. I can't even remember when I planted them.
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