Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a member of the celery family. With delicate flowers, this annual herb will self-seed when mature and continue to grow in your garden in a spot that it prefers every year. Be sure not to plant near carrots or cross pollination can occur and pollute both strains. Respecting this basic caution, Dill is not an antagonist and can be planted with most other companion herbs. A herb that makes creamy things creamier, Dill is a favourite addition to mayonnaise used with seafood, especially salmon.
Dill does not like to be potted on and should be sown directly into its permanent home. Lightly rake in seeds and water well in late spring or early summer. Once seedlings appear, thin them out to allow for root room. As a companion plant to cannabis, Dill attracts friendlies like honeybees and hoverflies, ichneumon wasps and other beneficial wasps. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars will forgo your cannabis as they prefer feasting on Dill instead.
Dill repels spider mites. Four beautiful words to the cannabis gardener.
Spider mites, the curse of every cannabis farmer, dislike Dill and will stay away in droves. Dill is also an effective repellent for aphids, cabbage looper and squash bugs while adding a subtle fragrance to the air that helps confuse the pungency of cannabis.
Growing dill plants and caring for dill plants is also very easy. Dill weed plants grow best in full sun. Other than this, dill will grow happily in both poor and rich soil or in damp or dry conditions.
To harvest the dill leaves, regularly trim off the desired amount of leaves you need for cooking. If you wish to harvest dill seeds, allow the plant to grow without trimming until it goes into bloom. Once dill weed plants go into bloom, they’ll stop growing leaves, so make sure that you don’t harvest any leaves from that plant. The dill flower will fade and will develop the seed pods. When the seed pods have turned brown, cut the whole flower head off and place in a paper bag. Gently shake the bag. The seeds will fall out of the flower head and seed pods and you’ll be able to separate the seeds from the waste.
Planting Dill Seed
The best way how to grow dill is directly from seeds rather than from a transplant. Planting dill seed is easy. Dill planting is simply done by scattering the seeds in the desired location after the last frost, then lightly cover the seeds with soil. Water the area thoroughly.
One of the benefits of growing dill is that both the leaves and seeds of dill weed plants are edible.
Dill is a popular herb in the kitchen, flavoring everything from pickles to fish. Gourmets know that you can’t beat fresh dill for the flavor. The best way to have the very freshest dill possible is by growing dill in your own garden. Let’s look at how to grow dill.