Tips For Growing Dill
If you like the flavor of dill and use it to prepare dishes, you can begin growing dill. When dill or any other herb is grown and used at its peak of freshness, the flavor is more pronounced and better. After it reaches maturity it can be harvested and added to fish dishes and salsas and the seeds from the dill plant can be used for pickling. But people may choose to add dill in their garden because of the way it looks. It is a taller type of plant, with green leafy foliage. The spindly, smaller leaves are used to enhance food flavor and the seeds the plant produces can be crushed up and used in any type of cooking. Growing dill is one way to spruce up a garden and have a flavorful herb to add in cooking.
Dill is a perennial plant and it originated in Eastern Europe. In the eighth century dill was used to cure hiccups and in the middle ages, dill was used to ward off evil witches and it was also used as a love potion. The dill plant can grow up to twenty four inches high and the tiny flowers it produces are white and yellow in color. This pretty and useful plant can be grown in almost any garden.
If you plan on growing dill in your garden, you should have no difficulties doing this. The plant is so hearty that it does not have to be started by seed and grown in the home. You can simply plant the seeds right in the soil. If you would like to give the plant a boost, you can add a small amount of bone meal fertilizer to the soil before planting. Mix the fertilizer into the soil and make sure to till the soil a bit. Dill has long roots that stretch out, so you will want to start with looser rich soil.
You do not need to worry about spacing while planting dill seeds. Although they are a taller plant, they do not need much space horizontally, so they can be placed close together. When the plants reach maturity you can always remove one or two of the dill plants if they are too cluttered.
The only rule you must remember when growing dill is, they need full direct sunshine. Never place dill in any shaded areas and it is also a good idea not to place them around other herbs. For example, if they are placed near fennel these two plants can hybridize. Dill can be placed among almost any vegetable. But the vegetable should also like hot direct sunlight. If the dill plant is left in shade for more than a few hours a day, the plant will suffer. It will not grow to maturity and the amount of flowers and seeds will be limited.
Dill plants love and thrive on plenty of water. Always make sure the soil around dill plants stays moistened. But make sure there are no puddles or long standing water around the base of the plant. The root system can be damaged if it is allowed to sit in water overtime. You can avoid puddles by planting the dill in a raised bed or you can prepare raised up rows for the plants. Raised rows produce small trenches for the water to go into, instead of around the plant. This way only the roots get the water and the rest of the plant does not.
Growing dill is an easy way to have fresh herbs available through out the summer months. It can also improve the look of a garden.