If you have been thinking about growing your own herb garden and wondered where to start, then you may want to think about growing Dill.
If you don’t know how to grow your own Dill, it is actually quite simple.
You can buy the plants if you like, but it is very simple to grow from seeds and unlike some other plants, you don’t have to start them indoors and then transplant them after they have grown – you can simply plant the seeds directly in the garden plot where you would like them to grow.
- Plant the seeds in cool weather. You can plant a couple of weeks before the last hard frost of the year.
- If you want to have a continual harvest later on, you should continue to plant every ten days from mid spring to early summer.
- If you decide to plant in containers, they need to be deep because the roots are long. The plants also can grow to be about three feet tall, so that should be taken into consideration when choosing your location.
- Like the majority of herbs, Dill also prefers sunlight but can handle some afternoon shade.
- Sowing the seeds close together will allow the plants to support each other, since they grow up to 3 feet tall and can easily blow over in a strong wind.
- It is also important to keep Fennel, Angelica and Caraway in a different location of your herb garden. Never plant Dill and Fennel together. Both of these plants will pollinate the other and produce herbs that are not true. This lack of “trueness” will prevent the herbs from being edible.
- Caterpillars enjoy Dill and can be removed by hand from the plants.
Dill fresh from the garden is wonderful to use, so you can cut it fresh as needed during the growing season. Dill is used in salads, to make pickles, in soups, and other dishes. It’s a great way to add extra flavour to a dish. Even though most people only use Dill as a flavour enhancer in their dishes, there are actually many other reasons why Dill is good for you.
- Dill is a plant based source of calcium and consuming healthy amounts of calcium is one of the best ways to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss.
- Dill has anti-bacterial properties, so it can be used to fight off infections internally and externally.
- Dill may improve digestive functioning. It may help to manage stomach acid levels which may help to reduce the occurrence of bad breath and acid reflux. It also soothes upset stomach, and it contains dietary fibre which is beneficial for digestive health.
- Dill is a traditional remedy for hiccups. It is said that mixing a spoonful of fresh dill into boiling water, straining the water, and then drinking the liquid will get rid of hiccups.
- Dill has been used as a headache remedy since ancient times. Use the same method for treating hiccups – place fresh dill into boiling water, strain it, and then drink the resulting tea to reduce the pain of a headache.
- Dill has been used since ancient times as a remedy for insomnia. Dill was consumed in water or the seeds were chewed for their calming effect.
If you don’t keep it cut back, it will begin to go to seed, so keep it cut back until you are ready for seed production to begin. If this provides you with excess Dill, you can spread it on a paper towel in a single layer and microwave it for 3 minutes. You can then take the leaves and crumble them and keep them stored in an airtight container. Once you are ready to let the Dill go to seed, let the seed heads form and dry and then you can cut them and store them until the next spring when you are ready to plant again.