Dill, Anith, Shefu - Seeds
Dill is a biennial warm-season herb, very sensitive to light-freezes and frost. Dill is not technically a perennial plant, because a single plant only lives 2 years. It is quite proficient at self seeding (if allowed). If let grow naturally, A single dill plant should come back year after year. As a seed, its used primarily for pickling (dill pickles).
Common name: Dill
Height: Height: 36 inches
Width: 24 inches
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
This plant likes mild weather and is best in the spring and again in fall. You may set out plants following the last spring frost and then plant again two months prior to the first winter frost. Space them 12 to 15 inches apart. Be sure to keep plants watered in dry weather.
Plants may need staking when in bloom to keep the tall flower stems—true butterfly magnets—from falling over, especially if you get a lot of wind. You can keep plants cut to delay flowering and extend your harvest, or harvest the whole plant as soon it flowers. The first winter frost will kill dill planted in the fall. However, if it had time to go to seed, the fallen seed may produce new plants in the spring.
Sunlight: Prefers direct sun.
Soil: well-drained, loamy or sandy soils
Water: Water the plants freely during the growing season
- How to start dill Sow your dill directly in the garden under a very thin layer of soil.
- Dill belongs to the carrot family with coriander, caraway, cumin and parsley, none of which like to have their roots disturbed.
- If you seed after the last frost in your area, your dill will adapt better to cooler outdoor conditions and won’t suffer transplant shock.
- Where to grow dill Ideally, plant your dill in “well-drained, loamy or sandy soils,” recommends Richter, although heavier clay soils work as well.
- Dill, like most other herbs, loves sun.
- “But don t let non-ideal conditions stop you from trying dill,” says Richter.
- “A half-shaded corner in the garden will produce some nice foliage too—maybe not as wonderful as that grown in full sun, but still very nice to use in cooking.
- ”Propagating Dill Dill seeds readily, and one plant produces a good crop of seeds that will stay viable for years.
- You can plant seeds directly outdoors, but be sure to keep them well watered.
- Thin dill seedlings to about 12 inches apart.
- Growing Dill Indoors Dill can thrive indoors for a season if you can situate it in a sunny window.
- The plant will be a little smaller in overall size than its outdoor brother, but will be as flavorful nonetheless.
- It will still get leggy as it grows, but keeping it trimmed back a bit will help it maintain a pleasing shape
Harvesting: Time from planting to harvest is 70 days for foliage, 90 days for seeds. To harvest, snip off the leaves or young flower heads for use in soups or salads. For pickling, cut whole stalks when the plant is more mature. Gather the mature seeds for planting (although the dill will do its own planting without your help if you leave it alone) or for drying. Dill seeds can be sprouted if they are allowed to dry naturally; store the dried seeds in an airtight jar. Crumble the dried leaves, and store them the same way. For the best flavor, snip the weed with scissors rather than mincing it with a knife.
- Leaf spot and occasionally a few other types of fungal leaf and root diseases
- Dill seed is a pungent ingredient found in salad dressings, pickles, sauerkraut, and even breads.
Enjoy the leaves at their peak when they are fresh, finely chopping for best flavour.
Dill can be also a handy salt substitute for people on low-sodium diets.
You can dry the leaves, but add them to dishes in greater quantity, as they are less flavourful than fresh leaves.
Dill leaves may also be preserved in oil, butter, or vinegar for pickles, or frozen in water or stock.
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