Once you’ve tasted the delicate flavour of garden-fresh dill, you’ll never go back to that tasteless dried stuff at the stores. And, this handy herb is good for more than just the leaves and seeds. This triple-duty herb is fabulous in the kitchen, the allotment and flower garden as well. Dill’s fernlike foliage makes a beautiful backdrop for the bright blooms of annuals and perennials and its lacy yellow bloom clusters add colour in their own right. Best of all, the tiny individual blossoms are rich in pollen and nectar, which makes them wonderful for attracting a wide variety of beneficial insects to your garden. Dill is a wonderful companion plant; its pest-fighting punch is an asset to any vegetable garden. Dill, like most herbs, loves to bask in the sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade, it prefers slightly acid, well-drained soil. When growing in containers, use a deep container to accommodate the long roots. Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow and would make a great first herb for someone who has never grown herbs before. In the kitchen, a sprig of dill will perk up almost any soup, salad, or main dish.
This seed is organically produced (seed harvested from plants that have themselves been raised organically, without the use of chemicals) and has been certified by The Soil Association. Soil Association Certification provides organic certification of the highest integrity to all sectors of the organic market, so you can be assured of its authenticity.
Sowing: Sow outdoors successionally from Spring through Summer or Sow indoors at any time of year
Growing Dill in Container: Dill is especially suited to container growing, either indoors or outdoors. Sow seed in clumps in 7cm (3in) pots. Use moist seed compost, cover with a fine layer of compost and keep the pots well watered. Transplant into larger pots when 15cm (6in) tall - No later as the plant's long taproot resists transplanting. If keeping indoors, place the plants in a sunny position but out of direct sunlight and away from radiators. Support with a stake.
Sowing Directly Outdoors: Prepare the soil by digging to a spade and a half depth. The long tap roots of dill need to be able to grow without hitting solid soil. Incorporate some long lasting fertiliser, such as bonemeal, at the rate of two handfuls per square metre (yard). Sow thinly in April, covering with only a fine layer of soil. The seedlings will emerge in two weeks or so, and should be thinned to 24cm (9in) apart. Further sowings can be made during the spring and early summer to extend the harvest time.
Cultivation: Successful cultivation requires warm to hot summers with high sunshine levels; even partial shade will reduce the yield substantially. Keep the plants weed free. The long tapered roots of dill will ensure that it is unlikely to need watering in all but the most extreme dry conditions.
Harvesting: Pinch the leaves down to the base of the plant until the plants are about 12cm (5in) high. As it grows snip the fronds at the point where they are emerging from the stalk. Near the end of the growing season, the plant will send up flowers, this will cause leaf production to stop. If only leaves are required remove the flowers. If you want to harvest the seeds, allow the flowers to open and begin to turn brown before trimming them off. Bundle the heads together and place into a paper bag securing it closed around the stems with a rubber band. Allow the flowers to dry then shake the seeds loose within the bag so that it will catch them. If you would prefer to have a longer season for your dill weed, simply snip off the flower buds as they form so the plant can put its energy into foliage production
Culinary Use: Remember to add dill at the end of cooking, because cooking will destroy most of its flavour. Be sparing with seeds - or it may overwhelm other flavours.
Storage: Dill leaves will keep well in the fridge for about three weeks, and stored in the freezer in individual portions. Seeds can be used whole or crushed in a mill or coffee grinder. The dried seeds keep indefinitely when kept out of sunlight in an airtight container.
Companion Planting: Dill improves growth and health of cabbage and is a best friend for lettuce. Good Companions: Cabbage, Lettuce, Onions, Sweetcorn and Cucumbers. Dill does attract the tomato horn worm so it would be wise to plant it somewhere away from your tomato plants. Plants intended for seed for planting should not be grown near fennel as the two species can hybridise. Bad Companions Tomatoes, Carrots Caraway Lavender and Fennel
Medicinal Properties: Dill seeds contain carvone as an essential oil. Dill is considered carminative, stomachic and slightly stimulant. Dill tea / water is given to children for digestive problems. Also it “destroyeth the hiccups” (!) Correctly stored, seeds are viable for 3 to 10 years.
|Packet Size||1 gram|
|Average Seed Count||600 Seeds|
|Common Name||Dill Seed, Dill Weed|
|Other Common Names||No|
|Hardiness||Half Hardy Annual|
|Flowers||Yellow flower umbels in mid-summer|
|Natural Flower Time||No|
|Foliage||Feathery and fernlike, dark blue-green|
|Height||60 to 90cmcm (24-36in)|
|Time to Harvest||No|
|Position||Requires a sunny location. Can be grown in a container.|
|Soil||Most soils, but prefers slightly acid, well-drained soil.|
|Time to Sow||Sow outdoors successionally from spring through summer or sow indoors at any time of year|
|Notes||Correctly stored, seeds are viable for 3 to 10 years.|