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How to Grow Dill

Written by Mindy on February 19th, 2016

Dill is a wonderful herb to start with if you are a beginning gardener.  The requirements are simple.  To get the most from your dill, you will need to plant it in full sun.  Once you have the perfect location selected, the next step is to decide to begin the planting process but… will need to wait until your local frost-free date.

Once that date has arrived, you will need to prepare your garden space.  If the area is a new garden space, remove the sod and till the soil.  On the other hand, if it is an existing garden space, you will simply need to remove the weeds and loosen the soil., draw out your planting area with powdered milk.  Sprinkle your seeds in these areas and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.  Once all the seeds have been planted, mist the ground with a sprinkler head attached to your watering hose.  Why do you need to mist and not “water?”  Well, as you may have noticed, dill seeds are small.  A hard blast of water will bury the seeds and in doing so will reduce the number of seeds that germinate.

Keep the soil evenly moist and in 10 to 21 days you should see little green dots appearing.  These are your little dill seedlings breaking ground.  After the seedlings have reached a height of 1 to 2 inches, it is time to thin them out but you will need to know what your intentions are for this plant.  If you are growing dill for the seeds then you will need to thin them so that there is 18 inches between the plants.  On the other hand, if you just want the foliage the thinning rate is 2 inches.

As your dill grows, you will begin to see a flower head forming.  The flower head will turn into a seed head once it has turned brown.  At this point, cut the plant off even with the soil level.  Performing this task will encourage the plant to start growing again.  You can utilize the greens in dishes and can easily harvest the seeds by placing the dill seed head in a paper bag.   Hang the bag up in a warm location.  In a few weeks, you will notice that when you move the bag there is a sound.  These are the seeds that have fallen from the dill seed head.  Once you have all your seeds gathered, store them in a breathable container or use the seed immediately to replant dill.


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