Quick Guide to Growing Dill
- Plant dill during the mild weather of spring and fall. Dill is an excellent option for growing in raised garden beds, containers, and in-ground gardens.
- Space dill plants 12 to 15 inches apart in an area with abundant sunlight and fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
- Before planting, mix in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter into your native soil.
- Check soil moisture often and water when the top inch becomes dry.
- Promote fantastic leaf growth by regularly feeding with water-soluble plant food.
- Harvest dill at any time once leaves are large enough for use.
Dill seed is a pungent ingredient found in salad dressings, pickles, sauerkraut, and even breads. Enjoy the leaves at their peak when they are fresh, finely chopping for best flavour. Dill can be also a handy salt substitute for people on low-sodium diets.You can dry the leaves, but add them to dishes in greater quantity, as they are less flavourful than fresh leaves. Dill leaves may also be preserved in oil, butter, or vinegar for pickles, or frozen in water or stock.