Growing and Using Dill
Growing dill is one of the easiest herb gardening activities as it
grows extremely easily from direct sowing in the garden.
Beginning gardeners should take heart that the'll be able to grow this
herb for their pickles and devil'd eggs.
Sow the seed in the middle of May, about the same time as you plant out
your vegetable transplants.
Sow one quarter inch deep (no deeper),
cover the seed, and then water the row so the seed will be in contact
with damp soil.
If you plant more than one row, the rows should be at least 24 inches
One of the potential problems to growing dill is impatience.
The seed is a a slow germinator (some folks use radish to mark the
rows) and will germinate when the soil temperatures get into the 60-70F
Sow in full, hot sun. The kind of soil you grow on is not that
critical. It is one of the most adaptable of herbs, growing this herb
is easy almost anywhere you can plant it and give it sun and water to
grow. (heavy clay and water-logged soils are not great however).
Thin seedlings to 6 inches apart when the seedlings are 3 inches tall.
The seed heads will come on around the 70 day mark for most varieties.
The stalks can be cut when they are feathery with their traditional
flat clusters of flowers. Try to harvest in early flower stage for
cooking or salads.
If you let the plant set seed, these can be used in a wide variety of
cooking and pickling efforts including dill pickles.
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