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How to Grow Dill or Dill Weed
Annual, Antethum Graveolens
Dill herb is most commonly used for pickling. But, gardeners grow dill herb for many other uses. It's very common in the herb garden. It is also called "Dill Weed". As a tall herb, you often find this attractive plant adorning the back of the garden.
Dill plants are members of the Parsley family, and are native to southwest Asia. Plants grow from 18 to 42 inches.
Common varieties include:
How to Grow Dill Plants:
Dill is an easy to grow, low maintenance plant. Grow plants in full sun. Plants do well in average, well draining soil. They tolerate dry soil conditions.
Dill are grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your garden in the spring. Sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil. Space seedlings or thin plants to 9" apart, in rows 12 inches apart.
Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Water plants during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Harvest young, tender leaves for the best flavor. Harvest flower heads after seeds have formed, and the flower head has died. Tie a group of stems together and hang upside down to dry. Make sure to have a container or bag under them to catch seed. Once they are dry, shake out the remaining seeds. More information on harvesting and drying herbs.
Uses for Dill Herb:
Dill has a refreshing aroma and delicious tang, either fresh or dried. Snip fresh leaves into soups and salads. Dill is very popular in cucumber dishes, dips and sour cream, fish, and vinegarettes.
The seeds are a must for homemade pickling.
Dill tea is used to control flatulence. Make the tea by adding 1-2 teaspoons of dried seeds to boiling water. Let it steep for several minutes.
Chewing a few Dill seeds will freshen your breath.
Dill has also been used for colic in children.
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