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Dill, A Great Herb to Add to Any Home Garden


Date Posted: December 12, 2015

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Dill, A Great Herb to Add to Any Home Garden
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In any given gardening season, I will have a couple of dozen different herbs growing. Some herbs are growing in a dedicated garden bed, but most herbs are growing in containers. I grow most of my herbs in containers because I only need very small production out of them. A little bit of herbs goes a long way. Dill, a sweet scented herb, fits this category.

WHY GROW DILL?

Even when I grow my dill in a container, I still will get more dill than I can use. Yes, I do preserve my dill through dehydrating and drying out methods, but fresh dill is where it’s “at”, in my opinion anyway. The best part of growing Dill, besides the great flavor of course, is that it is easy to grow.

Dill is an annual plant and does very well for me here in zone 7a both indoors, during colder month growing, and outdoors, spring and summer gardening. If you have grown dill before than you already know how aromatic the seeds are and the amount of flavor it can add to pickles, soups, stews, vinegar, sauces and other culinary dishes.

SAVE BY GROWING DILL FROM SEEDS

Once you see how easy it is to grow dill from seeds, you will never buy another dill plant from your local big box home center. You will save a good amount of money by starting your dill from seeds, and when you add in the savings of growing your own dill as opposed to buying dill from the supermarket, your savings will be that much more.

SOIL STRUCTURE FOR YOUR DILL

Whether you grow your dill in a garden bed or in a container, make sure your soil drains well. A good potting soil will do for container gardening but for your garden beds, you will want to add plenty of compost and/or some peat or coir to make your soil more friable.

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OPTIMAL GARDENING CONDITIONS FOR DILL

Your garden bed or container where your dill is planted should receive plenty of sun. Plenty of sun to me is at least 6 hours in my opinion, although I have done well with dill in partial shade. You will want to keep the soil moist, not saturated, so an occasional watering will do.

MAKE ROOM FOR YOUR DILL

Make sure, that if you are planting your dill in a garden bed to give it plenty of room. Many varieties of dill, such as Mammoth Long Island or Dukat, can grow very large. In a container, they will grow up to the size the container will allow. So remember, the bigger the container, the bigger the dill.

HARVESTING YOUR DILL

Dill, like most herbs, will continue to grow, so as long as you only harvest a little at a time. That means, only harvest what you are going to use. Fresh dill tastes great, so try and use your dill as soon as you harvest. When you cut off only what you need, the plant will continue to thrive.

Happy Gardening!


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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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