Dill is an herb which has been used in many kitchens to add flavor meats, especially fish and even directly as a garnish on the plate. Not just taste to the food; the yellow flowers on dill add beauty to the garden as well. Herbs like dill generally look good when planted in a pot. Scientifically called “Anethum Greveolens,” dill is the only species in the genus Anethum.
Dill finds its applications in the soap manufacturing as well. The industrialists extract its oil from the seed and distill it to get soap at the end. The oil is also extracted from its leaves and stems.
The next time you cook fish or bacon and want to add dill for garnishing, take the fresh herb from your own yard and surprise everyone. If you don’t have dill in your garden yet, you should consider it! Dill grows well in containers and is pretty easy to care for once established.
Although dill can grow in poor soil conditions, it grows much better in sandy, well-drained, or loamy soil which is slightly acidic in nature. For dill to get adequate nourishment, the temperature of soil must be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The maximum height any dill herb can achieve is 3 feet. It does grow much wider as well. So you need not worry about the space that it takes. Anyone can easily afford a little space for something as great as dill.
You need to protect dill from the gust of winds. Heavy winds can damage the herb in a matter of minutes. It grows much better when exposed to the full sun. Dill is such an excellent herb that it can survive temperature as less as 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Do It
Choose and Fill the Container
To grow dill in a container, choose a pot which is deep enough to accommodate the long roots of the plant. It should not fall down due to the weight of the plant. You can plant dill in your existing an existing herb box, a metal raised garden bed, or even a single planter
Sprinkle Seeds on the Soil
Fill the container with the soil and then sprinkle the dill seeds on the surface of the soil. Cover these seeds with a quarter an inch of the layer of soil.
Expose to Direct Sunlight
Irrigate the Seeds
Now water the soil so that it gets moist. During the germination period, make sure the soil stays a little moist. Keep it in mind that overwatering can cause significant harm to the plant. The best way to prevent overwatering is to make sure you are using a suitable potting mix if indoors or that the soil/depth combination in a raised garden bed is adequate to provide drainage.
After about two weeks, you will be able to spot the signs of seedling emerging from inside the soil. Once you see the sprouts getting bigger, you will need to trim them. The thing here is that the lightest one must be removed so that the healthiest one keeps growing.
If the pot is inside the house, you can re-water once or perhaps twice weekly. However, the ones kept outdoors need to be irrigated every day.
Note that it is crucial for dill to be fertilized to grow. Fertilizers, however, must not be applied directly to the seed. A soluble fertilizer in its diluted form must be sprinkled on the dill every four weeks. Excess of fertilizers can affect the plant from producing tasty leaves.
Harvest the Leaves
Dill leaves usually get ready to be used within the first two months of the plantation. You can also do it when you feel that the herb is long enough to be used for culinary purposes. Make sure you cut them close of the stem. It is preferred to harvest them when the temperature is slightly cooler.
Once you have harvested the dill leaves and flower heads, it is necessary to store them properly, so they don’t lose the taste and aroma. To keep them fresh, a plastic bag or even a damp paper towel can be used.