Dill grows best in a well drained, slightly acidic soil, rich in organic matter. Dill Fernleaf Seeds do 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. Dill grows tall and produces lots of aromatic leaves. The umbels of yellow flowers attract numerous beneficial insects to the garden.
Companion Planting for Dill Herb
Companion plant Dill with corn, cucumbers, onion, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, basil, corn and asparagus. Not recommended to plant with lavender, tomatoes, carrots or potatoes as they are poor companions for dill. Pests such as cabbage worm and cabbage looper that plague brassicas are repelled by dill, so it’s a good idea to put this herb near these vegetables.
Planting: Dill seeds need some light to germinate. Sow seeds no more than (¼”) deep in rows 45cm (18″) apart. Thin the plants to stand at least (6″) apart. Ideal for container growing.
Watering: Deep consistent watering in rich soil.
Fertilizer: Prior to planting, add an organic fertilizer to the soil. Low maintenance throughout the growing season.
Days to Maturity: 70-90 days. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
Size: Dill can grow to about 2-3′ tall.
Harvesting: Begin harvesting the tasty leaves once plants reach (6″) tall. About 12 weeks after sprouting the seed heads begin to form. When the first seeds have turned brown, cut the whole head and hang it upside down for the drying seeds to fall out into trays or paper bags. Dill leaf loses most of its flavor when dried, so freeze it in ice cube trays filled with water to use in winter months.
Tips: Dill is exceptionally attractive to beneficial insects like parasitoid wasps and ladybird beetles. The more you can plant, the better your natural pest control will be.
Cooking with Dill: Can be eaten fresh, cooked, or added to any meal. Can be canned and cooked in vinegar.