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If you have ever put up your own dill pickles, you might have thought about how much fun it would be to have your own home-grown dill. Or perhaps you like having the green leaves from the dill plant added to your food and have been wondering how you could go about raising it for that purpose. If you have been considering growing your own dill, this blog post is for you!
Starting Your Plants
Dill plants do best if started outside in a partially sunny area after the last frost. Get a nice spot ready for your seeds, and just spread them out onto the dirt. Cover them about 1/4 inches deep with soil, and then water the seeds well. It should take about 12 days for you to start seeing the little plants appear, give or take a few days.
After a few weeks, what had been tiny seeds will be beautiful little plants. Now is the time to thin. The happy part about thinning is that the plants won’t go to waste. You will want to thin the dill plants so that they are approximately 12” apart. Once you have finished thinning, you should have quite a few plants that have no where to go, so you get to eat these! Research some recipes that you can use this dill on, and use those leaves in that recipe. Your work is paying off!
Harvesting Your Dill
As the year progresses, your dill plants should get larger, but to encourage growth you will want to pinch off the ends from time to time. The bits you pinch off can be used in different dishes also. To make dill pickles people normally use the seeds instead of the actual leaves; if you are interested in harvesting the seeds, just wait on the plant’s flowers to start going to seed. As soon as you realize that the seeds are about to come from the old flowers, clip the old flower from the plant, take it somewhere safe, and hang it upside down in a glass or bag – the seeds should come out naturally.
If you want to keep dill leaves for winter use, just pick a little extra and dehydrate or freeze it!
Also, a great thing about dill is that it should replant itself year after year, making it easier on you.
I hope you have a lot of fun with your herbs this year! Let me know about all of your gardens in the comment section, and your plans for future gardens. I look forward to hearing from you!