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How to Grow Dill Herb Plant

Annual, Antethum Graveolens

When you think of Dill, chances are you are thinking of pickles. As a gardener, we think many more culinary uses for this herb. We also think of it's attractiveness in the back border of our herb garden. While it is not the most popular of herbs, it is a very common resident in the summer herb garden.

Dill, also called "Dill Weed", is native to southwest Asia. It picked up roots, and travelled the world, with merchants ages ago. Like many herbs, it's popularity in the kitchen has caused it to migrate all over the the world. It is a member of the Parsley family, and grows from 18 to 42 inches tall. The most popular varieties grow 24-36 inches.

If your garden space is limited, try the smaller varieties. Put them in the back of the herb garden as a border. Or, try them in containers on your patio or deck.

Top Varieties: Bouquet, Mammoth

Origin: Dill is native to the Mediterranean and southern Russia.

Other Names: Dill is also called Anet, East Insian Dill, Dill Oil Plant.


Propagation:

Dill are grown from seed. Directly sow Dill seeds into your garden in the spring. Sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil. Space seedlings or thin plants to 9" apart, in rows 12 inches apart.

Days to Germination: 10-14


How to Grow Dill Plants:

Dill is easy to grow herb. Dill plants prefer full sun and a well drained soil. They do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.

The dark green leaves are called "Dill Weed". Harvest leaves at any time. The young, tender leaves are best for flavor. Harvest flower heads after seeds have formed, and the flower head has died. Tie a group of stems together and hang upside down to dry. Make sure to have a container or bag under them to catch seed. Once they are dry, shake out the remaining seeds.

Tip: Harvest leaves in the morning, when their oils are the strongest.


Cooking with Dill

Dill has a refreshing aroma and delicious tang, either fresh or dried. Snip fresh leaves into soups and salads. Dill  herbs are very popular in cucumber dishes, dips and sour cream, fish, dips, eggs, and vinegarettes.

The seeds are a must for homemade pickling. Dill seeds are also the main ingredient in curry powder.

May we suggest;: Dill Weed Dip Recipe


Medicinal Applications:

Dill herb tea is popular for controlling flatulence. Make the tea by adding 1-2 teaspoons of dried seeds to boiling water. Let it steep for several minutes.

Chewing a few Dill seeds will freshen your breath.

Dill has also been used for colic in children.


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