While most immediately turn their thought to the pickle, dill itself is a hardy annual that can be grown easily in home gardens. Dill’s most common use is drying the seeds for making pickling brine, but this tall growing herb can also be used in breads, dips, salads, soups, and fish dishes. As a biennial herb, dill will reseed itself year after year, so be sure to choose a space where your dill can continue to spread out.
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So you’ve decided to plant dill in your fantasitc garden, nice! According to our research on dill, we don’t recommend planting cilantro and tomato nearby.
Tips for Planting and Growing Dill in your Garden
Like most herbs, dill is difficult to transplant, so starting directly from seed tends to be the easiest way to begin your crop. Sow seed directly into a location with loose, airy soil about a week or two before the last frost. Be sure to choose a space in your garden that receives lots of sun, but is also protected from any strong wind. Dill plants can grow up to 3 feet in height, and heavy wind can often damage the long stems of the plant. Taller dill plants may require staking to support long stalks. With monthly soil amendments or composting, your dill should be ready to harvest within one to two months.
Harvest dill from your garden as needed. The leaves will taste best fresh, so try to only pick from your plant when you are going to use the dill immediately. To preserve extra dill, you can dry it out in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Remove the leaves from the stem and crumble them up before storing them in an airtight container.