May 24, 2020

Growing dill at home

Dill is very easy to grow, either from seeds kept from last year’s harvest or purchased seeds. Try it in your garden or in a fancy pot by an indoor windowsill or on a deck.

Cultivation: Site — Full sun, protect from wind.

Propagating: Sow in the ground from spring until midsummer. Do not plant near fennel, as they cross pollinate.

Growing: Thin to 9-12 inches apart. Can be grown indoors.

Harvesting: Gather leaves when young. Pick flowering tops just as fruits begin to form. To collect seed: after flowering head turns brown, hang the whole plant over a cloth.

Preserving: Dry or freeze leaves. Dry ripe seed. Make dill vinegar with flowering heads or seed.

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