A multi- purpose herb grown for its seeds and foliage. Dill originates from Eastern Europe and is much hardier than most
Fresh, frozen or dried, the ferny foliage and seeds are a tasty
flavouring for fish, lamb, new potatoes and peas. Remember to
add dill at the end of cooking, because cooking will destroy
most of its flavour. It tastes very much like aniseed, so be
sparing when adding it to food or it will overwhelm other flavours.
Dill is tolerant of most conditions and easy to germinate, so it
causes few problems for novice gardeners. Container grown or in
the garden it is also a very attractive plant with wispy feathery leaves.
Edible perennial herb (grown as an annual)
Site and Soil
Sunny site, most soils
Plant to Harvest Time
Where To Grow Dill
will grow well in most soils. Prepare the soil by digging to a spade and
a half depth. The long tap roots of dill need to be able to grow
without hitting solid soil. Incorporate some long lasting fertiliser,
such as bonemeal, at the rate of two handfuls per square metre (yard).
and Care of Dill
Dill is a perennial and therefore can last several years. However,
it is only hardy down to about -4C, so it is sown from seed each year.
Sow thinly in
April , covering with only a fine layer of soil. The
seedlings will emerge in two weeks or so, and should be thinned to 24cm
(9in) apart. Further sowings can be made during the spring and early
summer to extend the harvest time.
The only care required is to keep the plants weed free. The long tapered
roots of dill will ensure that it is unlikely to need watering in all but the most extreme dry conditions.
will produce wispy leaves growing on a single stem about 75cm (30in)
high, which can be harvested about eight weeks after sowing. At this
stage the plant will begin to produce flower heads, causing the leaf
production to stop. In Eastern European countries, they grow dill
principally for the flower heads (see picture on right) which are used
to flavour pickled fruit and vegetables, especially gherkins.
In the UK we mainly use the leaves of dill (see top picture) to flavour
fish, lamb, potato and peas. The best way to harvest the leaves is to
cut the plant down to an inch of its base as soon as there is any sign
of the flower heads developing. With a little luck, the plants will
re-grow to produce a second crop in late summer.
Dill will keep well in the fridge for about three weeks, the remainder can be
stored in the freezer in individual portions. Dill can be dried and
stored in an air-tight container, but in our experience this causes it to loose most of its flavour.
Container Growing Dill
Dill is especially suited to container growing. For growing outside,
use normal potting compost and keep the plants well watered. Dill will
also grow indoors - sow the seeds indoors during
in 7cm (3in)
pots. Transplant to larger pots when the plants are about 15cm (6in)
tall. Keep the plants on a sunny windowsill (out of direct sunlight) and
away from radiators. The plants will need to be supported with a stake -
they will be ready for harvest about eight weeks after sowing.
BACK TO HERB
Name: Roxy Nocturne
Date posted: September 15, 2011 - 01:23 pm
Message: I'm taking a Science course and my teacher wants the class to choose something to grow. I decided that I wanted to grow Dill, but I can't seem to find any information to help me with my assignment. Does anybody know specifically how to grow Dill?
Name: douglas jones
Date posted: July 24, 2011 - 02:10 pm
Message: My potted dill is 'yellowing' on the lower branches.
Name: Jeffrey Martin
Date posted: July 17, 2011 - 10:17 pm
Message: After my dill flowers can I do anything to cause it to continue to produce leaves, or is it finished producing.
Will it come up again next year if I leave it in the ground,And if so, do I cut it to the ground or just let it go to seed?
Date posted: July 15, 2011 - 07:18 pm
Message: I just planted around 50 dill seeds 2 wks. ago. I am alreadying seeing most of the seeds turning into small plants! I have four hardy plants that I bought 3months ago. I still get tremendous leaves along with the flowers.
Date posted: July 15, 2011 - 03:23 pm
Message: We have volunteer dill come up every
year but within a short time it dies
suddenly. Are there diseases that might
be causing this?
Name: julie litchke
Date posted: June 06, 2011 - 01:35 pm
Message: Dill has over taken my garden. Is their anyway to get rid of it besides pulling it out?
Date posted: May 15, 2011 - 04:46 pm
Message: More likely u have neighbours from Eastern Europe,lol
Name: Jeff Erickson
Date posted: August 29, 2010 - 03:05 pm
Message: Hi,can you tell me what's eating my dill plant outside,I came out this morning and my dill plant stems were syripped clean,thanks for any help Jeff