Growing Dill

Dill is an easy-to-grow herb for beginning gardeners. The unique flavor of the herb is a favorite in salads and dips, it’s also a perfect accompaniment to fish and a key flavor for pickling.



Dill is an easy-to-grow herb for beginning gardeners. The unique flavor of the herb is a favorite in salads and dips, it’s also a perfect accompaniment to fish and a key flavor for pickling.

Dill can be grown in any climate, but it has a better chance of surviving if it is planted well after the last frost date in spring. It needs at least six hours of sun daily and does well with a little humidity in the air. If you live in a dry climate, misting your dill plant from time to time can help.

Plant dill seeds 1/2 inch deep in loose, well-drained soil. Water lightly. Shoots will emerge in about 2 weeks, at which time you can thin the plants to 9 inches apart.

Harvest dill in about four to six weeks, when the top of the plant begins to flower. Like with many herbs, you can harvest only what you need and let the rest of the plant continue to grow. When the flowers begin to brown, that means that the plant is fully developed and will not produce more leaves. You can cut the plant back to get it producing again.

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