One of the benefits of growing dill is that both the leaves and seeds of dill weed plants are edible.
To harvest the dill leaves, regularly trim off the desired amount of leaves you need for cooking. If you wish to harvest dill seeds, allow the plant to grow without trimming until it goes into bloom. Once dill weed plants go into bloom, they’ll stop growing leaves, so make sure that you don’t harvest any leaves from that plant. The dill flower will fade and will develop the seed pods. When the seed pods have turned brown, cut the whole flower head off and place in a paper bag. Gently shake the bag. The seeds will fall out of the flower head and seed pods and you’ll be able to separate the seeds from the waste.
The best way how to grow dill is directly from seeds rather than from a transplant. Planting dill seed is easy. Dill planting is simply done by scattering the seeds in the desired location after the last frost, then lightly cover the seeds with soil. Water the area thoroughly.
Care of Dill Weed Plants
Dill is a popular herb in the kitchen, flavoring everything from pickles to fish. Gourmets know that you can’t beat fresh dill for the flavor. The best way to have the very freshest dill possible is by growing dill in your own garden. Let’s look at how to grow dill.
Growing dill plants and caring for dill plants is also very easy. Dill weed plants grow best in full sun. Other than this, dill will grow happily in both poor and rich soil or in damp or dry conditions.
There are many recipes that use dill. Planting this herb in your garden will keep plenty of fresh dill on hand for all of these recipes. Now that you know how to grow dill, you have no reason not to be planting dill seed out this year.
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I have a huge patch of Dill in my garden, but it doesn’t taste like true Dill. Seems the flavor has grown out of it. Should I just plant more nearby? Its soil is sandy and well drained and I don’t have to worry about cold weather.
Submitted by Brian on November 26, 2020 – 3:27am
(1) Dill & Lemon-Lime Basil are my favorite combo herbs for fish & veggies. Both come up as prolific volunteer in my garden each year which leads to.
(2) I chop and freeze my dill & lemon-lime basil on wax paper, and once frozen, quickly transfer to plastic pint containers in my freezer. It keeps it's color and flavor, and I have guaranteed "fresh" herbs from my garden all winter long. Even if it clumps together, you can chop off a piece and quickly thaw to use on fish, veggies, in breads etc. It's so much better than drying them.
Dill Weed has a distinct taste that many people love. It’s used in many dishes, breads, sauces, dips and spreads. Dill is also beneficial as its umbels of delicate yellow-green flowers attract beneficial insects, from pest-eating wasps to colorful butterflies. Black swallowtail butterfly larvae depend on Dill plants as a food source!
For Dill Weed, begin harvesting the fern-like leaves about 8 weeks after planting. Just pinch off the outer leaves close to the stem. They are most flavorful just when flower heads are opening. Dry the leaves on a screen in a cool, dry place and then freeze the dried leaves for the best flavor. To harvest the Dill seeds, cut the flower heads off when they are light brown in color and place them in a paper bag with air holes in the sides. Leave the flower heads in the bags for a few days and then shake the Dill seeds loose into the bag.
Dill (Anethum Graveolens) – Grow Dill seeds for a great short-lived annual herb that has ferny foliage which is highly attractive and most delicate. The plant is surprisingly compact, making it ideal for growing in small containers, in the garden, or ideal for windowsills. It will grow to approximate 15 – 20 inches tall. It is very easy to grow from Dill herb seeds!
How To Grow Dill Herb Seeds: Sow Dill herb seeds directly outdoors into prepared soil. Sow the herb seeds in 3 successive plantings (early spring, June and July) to have a long harvest.