How to grow dill from seed:
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If planting conventionally, dill does best directly sown into your garden, approximately ¼ inch deep.
Water gently daily with a fine misting nozzle to ensure the soil remains moist. You should see sprouts in 7-14 days.
How to care for dill:
As dill plants are quite fragile for the first few weeks after germination, watering should continue with the gentle misting nozzle. Once they sprout it is important to add water at an angle, towards the base of the seedlings because the plant stems are initially very weak and can be easily snapped and broken if watered too forcibly from above.
As the plants mature, water needs will increase, but it is still recommended to direct the water stream towards the plants’ base whenever possible.
Pro tip: Watering in the mornings or evenings is preferred to avoid leaving water on the plants’ feathery fronds during the heat of the day, which can cause the foliage to burn.
Dill can benefit from a foliar fertilizer (fertilizer that is formulated to provide the nutrients necessary for leaves to grow quickly and large). When mixing fertilizer, it is very important to add fertilizer per the recommended measurements on packaging so as not to damage foliage and roots with overly strong fertilizer.
Pro tip: Be mindful of the weather, as heavy rainstorms (or a lot of rain over a prolonged period of time), can oversaturate dill plants and bring about root rot, fungi, and diseases.
Dill is a resilient herb variety that is both sun-loving, and also relatively shade tolerant. Eight hours of direct sunlight is recommended for dill to thrive. If plants become “leggy” (very tall and spindly with limited foliage development), they should be moved to a sunnier location.
Dill prefers mostly milder temperatures (best grown in the spring and fall depending on where you are gardening), and can even survive temperatures slightly below freezing for a short amount of time. While you can certainly grow dill during the heat of the summer, prolonged hot weather will cause the plants to “bolt” and quickly produce flowers and seeds instead of the tasty edible fronds.
Dill does not need to be thinned, however, it can become a bit unruly and shade out the other plants around it if left to grow wild. Weekly harvesting will ensure that your dill is not crowding out the surrounding plants as well as promoting sustained, healthy growth for months worth of harvests.
If planting conventionally, dill should be thinned to 12-18 inches apart at four weeks of growth.
How to harvest and use dill:
As the plant matures, harvest fronds regularly, especially when it starts to produce flowers. When flower and seed production begins as part of the reproductive and life cycle of the plant, the fronds of the plant can lose their freshness and develop a bitter taste.
To harvest dill, identify the thickest, most mature stems of the plants and using a sharp utensil (knife or gardening snips), trim the stems at a junction point where it meets the stalk towards the base of the plant.
Fern-like dill fronds are excellent for pickling cukes, beans, carrot, and zucchini. Mix it with some white balsamic vinegar, whole-grain mustard, and olive oil for a baby red potato salad dressing. Top salmon cakes, and grilled veggies with yogurt dill sauce, or sprinkle fresh-cut fronds on cucumber soup and deviled eggs.
A few of our favorite dill recipes:
- GREEN MACHINE TUNA SALAD SANDWICHES
- PARMESAN HERB SHORTBREAD BISCUITS
- FRIED PICKLES WITH DILL DIP
- FLASH PICKLING GREEN BEANS