Growing Dill In a Backyard Vegetable Garden

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Easy tips for growing dill in a home vegetable, kitchen, or herb garden.

Learn how to plant, grow, care for, and harvest dill plants when backyard vegetable gardening.

Flowering leads ultimately to seeding, an important part of the herbal calendar, as many plants are cultivated for their seeds.

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Dill, caraway, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, poppy, and sesame are all used as staple seed producers.

When large quantities are desired, plants are best grown as utility crops in the kitchen garden.

The annual plants can also be sown between vegetables in your garden.

Few seeding herbs are very decorative, and you will probably want to prevent accidental seeding among other herbs.

Always choose a warm location for dill, to help seeds ripen and dry on the plants.

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National cuisines have evolved over many centuries and include strong echoes of former customs.

The choice of herbs for seasoning is no exception.

Certain flavors are instantly attributed to regional cookery such as dill in northern Europe.

Planting Dill for Use as a Culinary Herb

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Several herbs, all important candidates for the culinary herb garden, possess oils that are helpful in aiding digestion.

Dill is known as one of the herb ingredients that can be used in dill water or "gripe water" to settle upset stomachs, which can also be made using fennel, caraway, coriander, and aniseed.

The seeds are the part used for this home remedy, so make a point of leaving the growing dill to flower for harvesting at the end of the season.

Additionally, the leaves or seeds of the aromatic herb plant can be used as flavoring or garnish.

Growing Dill in Herb and Container Gardens

  • When choosing sites for herbs and planning a small border, dill is best planted for the middle section.
  • The plants grow 1 ½ feet to 3 ½ feet tall.
  • Herbs are ideal subjects not only for conventional pots, but containers of all types.
  • Dill is an also an excellent choice for planting in sunny window boxes.

A window box makes a perfect herb garden, accessible at all times and changing with the seasons if a supply of potted plants is kept in reserve.

Hardy and self-seeding, this fern-like plant attracts honeybees when allowed to mature to 2 or 3 feet tall.

Growing dill needs just 8 inch spacing on all sides.

If harvested young, it can be inter-planted with cucumbers, cabbage, onions, lettuce, and carrots.

Dill weed is a tasty addition to soups, salads, creamed entrees, and cheese or tofu dips.

It is also a staple in making vinegars and pickles.

How to Grow Dill

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  • Seeds germinate in 21 days.
  • Sow seeds directly in the garden after last frost.
  • For transplants, start seeds 8 to 10 weeks before setting out, which can be done after last frost.
  • For a fall harvest, sow seeds directly in the garden in July

Planting Dill

  • Dill does best in moderately rich, well-drained, moist soil.
  • The preferred pH range is 5.0 to 7.0.
  • Grow dill around fruit trees since it attracts pollinating bees.
  • The herb is known as a growth-enhancing companion around cole crops, lettuce, and onions.
  • It also has the reputation to repel insects from corn.
  • Make succession plantings every three weeks from May to August for a fresh supply of leaves and seeds.
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Harvesting Dill

Harvest a few leaves as needed from plants throughout the season. They are at their best before flower heads develop. The leaves, known as dill weed, can be dried. Seeds heads are ready for harvest 8 weeks after planting. Let them turn completely brown prior to picking, but catch them before they shatter.
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