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Growing dill in home gardens

A quick guide to dill

  • Dill grows best in a well drained, slightly acidic soil, rich in organic matter.
  • Dill does not transplant easily. Sow seeds directly into the ground where the plants are to grow.
  • Growing dill indoors is possible, as long as you provide enough light.
  • Harvest green dill foliage anytime during the growing season until the umbrella-like flower clusters open.
  • To harvest the seeds, cut the flower stalks just before seeds begin to ripen and turn a tan color.

Dill, Anethum graveolens, is a tender annual in the carrot family (Apiaceae). It is native to Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region. The tall, leggy plant is popular for pickling, but you may also use the foliage and seeds in soups, salads, breads, party dips and fish dishes. In cut flower arrangements, floral designers value dill as a feathery green filler.

Soil pH and fertility

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Planting

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Harvesting

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Jill MacKenzie and Shirley Mah Kooyman

Reviewed in 2018

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