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
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
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
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.
More Gardening Information:
How to Dry Herbs