Growing Dill Plants In Your Herb Garden
Dill garden plants are biennial plants usually treated as an annual. The herbs grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 3 to 11. In USDA zone 8, dill grows well in spring and fall, while zones nine to 11 are better suited for winter growth. You can buy dill plants at the garden center, but they’re simple to start from seeds. Dill is an easy herb for beginning gardeners to grow. Dill requires little maintenance. The most important task is to keep the garden free of weeds. Plants have long tap roots so are quite drought resistant. A light feeding with an organic fertilizer in late spring should provide adequate fertilizer for the season. Pests or disease are seldom a problem. If caterpillars become a nuisance, you can usually control them by hand picking.
During the growing season, cut your dill herb garden plants to use fresh as you need it. For best flavor, cut the foliage just before the flower clusters open. This will also prevent the plant from going to seed right away. If you cut more than you can use, dry or freeze the leaves to use later. You can dry it by hanging it upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Or try using the microwave. Spread dill stems in a single layer on a paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes. After removing, discard the hard stems, crumble the leaves, and store in an airtight container protected from light.
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