I only started growing dill last year but boy did it grow. I wanted Dill in the Organic Herb Garden to make my Gherkins and Dill Pickles recipe. And it this year I will share with you how to grow Dill in your garden and why.
Why you should grow Dill in the Organic Herb Garden
You might recognize the taste of dill from Gripe water. Yes, the old baby remedy for a poorly tummy is made with Dill Oil. Dill’s main purpose is for calming the digestive system.
The word dill originates from a Saxon word meaning to lull, as dill has a calming effect and was treasured as a soothing remedy. Drinking dill tea can increase milk supply in nursing mothers. This dill can then be passed onto the baby soothing its tummy and decreasing wind.
Dill has long been known as an anti-inflammatory herb, meaning that it helps reduce inflammation and the associated pain of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis. Dill has been used since ancient times for precisely this reason.
It is also said to help with colds and flu with it warm, slightly aniseed flavour.
Don’t mistake Dill for it’s cousin Fennel though, despite it similar feathery leaves Dill is a lot more subtle in flavour. Dill pairs beautifully with seafood, smoked salmon, potatoes, eggs, fish and carrots in cooking.
So now you know what you can use it for lets find out how to grow it.
Growing Dill in the Organic Herb Garden
Start seeds indoors in individual containers, or sow seeds outdoors 1cm (half an inch) deep and 15cm apart. Gradually thin seedlings to proper spacing. Older seedlings are difficult to transplant successfully so if you pick up a plant from the Supermarket it may not appreciate being planted out in the garden. But thankfully I found this incredibly easy to grow from seed.
Some handy tips to help your Dill grow
- Dill is a tall plant and may need staking if in a windy location.
- Do not allow soil or compost to dry out.
- Protect seedlings from late frost with fleece
- Collect seeds when they turn brown within a paper bag
- Avoid growing dill near fennel, as the two can cross breed resulting in not very nice seedlings
- Protect them from slugs and snails with eggshells
Dill is an annual it will die after it produces it seeds – but the seeds last at least a year and you can use them in cooking. You can, of course, use them to grow next years crop.
Give Dill a go, it is a fun herb to grow and it is pretty in the garden with it light airy leaves.
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