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Growing Dill

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(Best months for growing Dill in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks. Use leaves before flowering.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cabbage, Coriander, Fennel, tomatoes, broccoli
  • Dill leaf
    Dill leaf

Dill is best grown as an annual. It is easy to grow from seed and will produce wispy leaves growing on a single stem about 75cm (30in) high, which can be harvested about eight weeks after sowing. Once the plant will begins to produce flower heads, the leaf production will stop. Dill, like most herbs, grows best in the sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade. Dill grows up to 1M (36 in) tall, so plant it in the back of your flower, vegetable or herb garden. Sow seeds close together. This will allow the plants, which blow over easily, to support each other.

If you want to use dill seeds, let the seedheads develop and dry completely, then cut them and hang them upside down by the stems in a paper bag. The seeds will dry and fall into the bag. They can then be stored in a glass jar.

Repeat sow for a regular supply of leaves.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Dill

Dill leaves can be used fresh or dried in salads, meats, vegetable dishes and soups. .
Freshly cut leaves enhance the flavour of dips, herb butter, soups, salads, fish dishes, and salads.
Both the flowering heads and seeds are used in flavoured vinegars and oils.
Used whole or ground, the seeds add zest to bread, cheese, and salad dressing.

Your comments and tips

04 Aug 17, (USA - Zone 7a climate)
What ph should the soil be for dill's optimal growth. I barely have enough sun so I must try to make watering, fertilizing, pest control, ph etc. the best I can.
26 Mar 17, hugh avey (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my dill plants, from seeds or transplanted seedlings, grow well briefly, then wilt and die - suggestions please
27 Mar 17, Jo (Australia - temperate climate)
It sounds a bit like too much water when you mention that the plants grow well for a while then wilt and die. Dill likes good soil and manure but does not like to be wet. Wilting and then dying is often an indicator of too much water. This may not be the reason but I would try planting it in a raised mound and see if that helps.
26 Mar 17, Grace (Australia - temperate climate)
Although dill is a hardy plant, it can be difficult to transplant young seedlings. Since dill does not transplant as well as other plants, plant dill seeds wherever you plan to grow them for the season.
06 Jun 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
give some garden lime to the soil-a man size handful to m2 and dig in well, and do not plant same herb same patch every time. when grows cut and use outside growths never cut the mid stem growth. and grow them about 20cm. apart -at least. 1-wet your prepared soil 2-sctter seeds 3-top up with potting soil 5mm. thickness 4- go and buy a hydrometer from Bunnings or garden shop and measure humidity to depth of 1cm.- if no rain every day. if it shows dry at that depth, water with very fine spray.and cross your finger. when grows to 4cm. thin out to 20cm. and good luck.
01 Jun 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
after many times of trying to grow a good patch of dill, I finally have see the light. the secret is out, good soil,compost, manure ,sun and not too much water. planted direct in garden amazing, in 2nd. April and it grows faster than I can use. even the new growth is coming on now in june. may be we had good weather? Dill is about 30 cm. now.
05 Mar 16, Deborah (Australia - tropical climate)
I am growing my first Dill. They were green and lush until 2 days ago when they began to fall over a bit and today they are almost all bent over and looking wilted. They have had plenty of water.
03 Mar 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow dill in pots , they grow well up to 10cm but most of them start to wilt. reason ?
21 Oct 15, Dashiell Qwerty (Australia - temperate climate)
Don't bother growing dill in Sydney coz da stuff grows everywhere like a weed anyway. Just dry em in a foil tin aye and have dill for a whole year
01 Oct 15, Mad Bastard (Australia - temperate climate)
Dill is a favorite snack for snails - beware.
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after many times of trying to grow a good patch of dill, I finally have see the light. the secret is out, good soil,compost, manure ,sun and not too much water. planted direct in garden amazing, in 2nd. April and it grows faster than I can use. even the new growth is coming on now in june. may be we had good weather? Dill is about 30 cm. now.

- simon

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