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Growing Dill

Dill is an attractive and easy to grow herb for your home garden. This is a guide about growing dill.


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May 2, 2006 Flag
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Dill is an easy-to-grow, aromatic herb and a good choice for those just starting to explore the rewards of growing their own herbs. Dill grows up to 3 feet tall and is an attractive addition to the garden's back border with its clusters of star-shaped yellow-green flowers and its airy, feather-like blue-green foliage.
Life Cycle:
hardy annual
full sun; sheltered
Dill likes light, well-drained soil, but needs protection from winds that can easily flatten its weak stem. It grows best in climates with moderate to cool summers. Seedlings don't transplant well, so choose the location you want the plants to grow and sow seeds directly in to the ground in the early spring. Sow seeds thickly so they can support one another as they grow. Because seeds are usually allowed to ripen on the head before being collected, plants reseed freely throughout the season and can quickly spread seedlings through the garden. For this reason, its a good idea to give dill its own corner in the garden. Plant in succession to harvest all season and do not plant near fennel.
Parts Used:
leaves, seeds
Harvesting and Storage:
Pick Dill fresh as you need it throughout the season. Frequent cutting will prevent plants from going to seed. Extra Dill can be hung upside down to dry or dried between layers of paper towels for 3 minutes on a high setting. Once seed heads forms, allow them to develop and dry completely before removing them easily by hand.
Medicinal Uses:
digestive aid, sedative
Culinary Uses:
leaves: fish, sauces, garnish; seeds: pickles, vinegars, oils, marinades and roasting
Other Uses:
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February 22, 2005 Flag

I have a dilemma. I love dill and I HATE buying them from stores. I've tried many many times in the past 3 years to grow them myself, each time meeting utter failure.

I've tried everything they tell you and have read every page regarding dill growing on the internet. Full shade, partial shade, lots of water, less water, fertile soil, ground soil, container and garden growing, etc etc. I've even tried the Chia Herb package that includes fool-proof herb gardening for dill (those never got higher than 1 inch). Even the already grown dill plants I buy from a store end up dying as soon as I bring them home and if I DO somehow get one to grow, it just ends up being a tall stalk with very little foliage (the yummy part). I thought this was supposed to be a "weed" and ergo, easy to grow and cultivate?


What am I missing?


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February 22, 20050 found this helpful
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Dill, in my garden, is grown in full sun. Sprinkle the seed on the top of the ground, lightly rake over the area, water and voila...dill. I also let mine self-seed just like Donna Marie does. Dill now comes up in my perennial holding garden each year, an area that I only hand clean not till with my garden tiller.

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August 6, 20060 found this helpful
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If grown in a pot they will also need a "deep" pot as they are taproot plants (around 8 -10 inches).

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March 29, 20070 found this helpful
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What most folk don't tell you is that dill thrives in sweet soil, not acid. You know, all that Ph stuff. Well I don't know from PH levels, but I DO know that I tried to grow dill for years and then a neighbor suggested digging in some garden lime (about 2 cups in a small area) to sweeten the soil. Voila! I had a good crop of dill and I saved the seeds so I expect to have an equally good crop this year after I dig in some more garden lime (Dolomite). Good luck!

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June 5, 20070 found this helpful

Make sure you aren't wiggling the taproot when you plant dill plants purchased from a store. Resist the temptation to loosen up the roots! Also, dill is short lived, and generally bolts when it gets hot. I give mine some shade in the heat, to keep its dirt cool.

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June 24, 20070 found this helpful


My dill in a pot is growing tall, i take off the flowery tops, but I am getting alot of brownish yellow shoots, what am I doing wrong?

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June 25, 20070 found this helpful

I cannot grow dill in my Nanaimo, b.c., canada garden. The seed sprouts and grows an inch or two and stops or grows a foot or two and turns yellow and dies before seed matures. I've tried different parts of the garden and even sterilized soil [slightly better results] but I never get anything worthwhile. It's almost as if there is some poison in the soil but other things do grow well. Other folks in Nanaimo have the same problem with dill.

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July 3, 20080 found this helpful

I'm in north west NJ, It is my first attempt at growing dill. Everyones advice would be even more helpful if you would tell us what part of the country you are in when having success or failures with your gardening. Thanks for the feedback, it has been helpful. Sonia

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

I haven't actually planted Dill in Years, it comes up on it's own by reseeding itself. Black swallowtail catapillars/butterflies love the stuff. oh BTW, it loves full sun and needs very little watering. I get so many that I have to thin it out.

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August 25, 2011 Flag

What kind of bugs are on dill? I found some really small almost florescent green beetle type bugs on my dill. How do I get rid of them?

By R.M.P.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Dill is good to let go to flower and seed for beneficial insects. Killing every insect you see just gets your garden out of balance. The green beetles are after the nectar. It will be okay.

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September 27, 2013 Flag

Would it be fine growing with asparagus?

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May 29, 2007 Flag

Can dill be kept small and bushy by harvesting often? I scattered the seeds in a 18"x36" area and right now, at about 2" tall, it looks like a green carpet. I have a lot of seeds left from last year, so I would rather have leaves this year.

Thanks for any help!

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Kelly from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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