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Dill Dill

Dill is an attractive plant that reaches a height of 70-80cm, and its fine foliage looks great in a flower border. It has a parsley-caraway aroma, and whilst it may look similar to fennel it is different in both its flavour and in the way it is used.

The name Dill originates from the Norse word ‘dilla’ meaning ‘to soothe’ and refers to its original use as an indigestion remedy.

Planting Dill

Whilst Dill is an annual it is well worth growing in a small patch of its own as it will self-seed very easily making it easy to grow in the same spot year after year without much trouble, be careful though as if the seeds spread too far it can also be a problem.

Seeds should be sown directly into the soil in late spring through to mid summer – sowing every few weeks in succession for a continuous supply. As they grow thin the plants to 45cm apart and stake if necessary. They prefer to be in full sun, but in a sheltered position, and in moist but well drained soil.

Dill is usually a trouble free herb to grow, but if the soil is really damp it will occasionally rot at the roots, causing the plant to wilt.

Propagation

Dill should be grown from seed. Seeds can be saved from last years crop or bought from a garden centre or nursery.

Dill Varieties

Modern varieties have been bred for vigour and their resistance to bolting, but in reality there is little difference between varieties as far as the gardener is concerned.

Using Dill

Dill seeds are said to have medicinal qualities that relieve wind and bloating, and Dill is also said to improve the flow of milk in mothers that breast feed.

It is a very versatile culinary herb, and is great in salads, egg dishes, with fish (try with smoked salmon!), potatoes… you name it. Dill is usually added after cooking to preserve its delicate flavour.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

Website: allotment.uk.com

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