How To Grow Dill
When planting Dill remember this is a tall, slender-stemmed plant that may reach three feet in height.
Planting this culinary plant behind smaller flowers
or shorter herbs will allow you to enjoy it without it hiding other
plants. They easily self-seed and may show up in other areas of any
occasionally other locations completely as the wind carries away the
Unlike some culinary plants, learning how to grow dill can be as easy as
filling a decorative pot with soil and setting a few seeds in the dirt.
Dill can grow indoors and outdoors providing year round leaves for those
who live in regions where it gets cold. You can harvest dill for both
also known as a weed, and its seed.
Here are more tips for starting herbs from seed.
When growing Dill indoors keep in mind that it prefers warmth so
keep it in a warm room where it can get sunlight. Dill prefers a soil
that is about pH 6,
although a little over or under will not harm it.
Since Dill invites good insects including parasitic wasps who lay their
eggs on plant eating caterpillars
and bees which are great for pollination of all plants especially
vegetable plants and Tachinid flies which devour other pest insects
beetles and fly larvae.
Growing Dill outside during the summer and in a pot indoors during the winter will provide fresh Dill leaf year round.
Use Dill as a companion plant!
Dill grows well with lettuce, potatoes, cabbage, onions and cucumbers,
and helps protect those plants from bugs that feed on them. Dill stalks
be harvested and may be used fresh or dried as a substitute for Dill
weed in refrigerator pickles and herb tea.
You Can Buy Dill Seeds Here
How To Use Dill
Each part of the growing Dill and dried plant has a unique flavor and the leaves are often:
- Added to salads, scrambled eggs, omlets and rice providing a nice change
- Used the top to create refrigerated vegetables
pickles where you add flavored vinegar, dill weed and a touch of oil to
raw vegetables and allow it to marinate in the fridge
- Added to vegetable dips, chip dips and sauces
- Fresh herb butter created with dill and fresh garlic makes a great spread or for toasting
- Dill leaf makes a nice tea
- The dried seeds have a different flavor and you may
add them to pickles, some varieties of sauerkraut and relishes. You may
also use dill seed for:
- Salt reduction by grinding up Dill seed to use instead of table salt
- Herb butters used when making bread or biscuits, by adding it to the dough or as a spread on top
- Roasts seasoned with crushed Dill, Garlic and Coriander have a very interesting flavor
- Soups, especially potato, tomato and cream based soups flavored with crushed Dill seed are a way to add variety these soups
Dill leaves can be snipped off using a small pair of scissors at any time but be careful to leave the small flowerets.
You can dry dill leaf in a
dehydrator, on a counter top or in a sunny windowsill.
Harvest dill seeds once they have set by clipping off the entire seed head. Be sure that the
seeds are fully developed prior to snipping, and if you do not want Dill to grow the next year, timing is important.
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