Dill, Essential Herb of the Slavs!
Dill is an important herb for life here at Lunaberry Farms! We use the tender herbs and flat seeds in many pickling and cooking recipes because it’s delicious and easy to grow. Soups, salad, yogurt dip, and pickles all require fresh dill to elevate flavors to the next level. In 2022, I’m going to dehydrate dill fronds for use all year round!
Dill is also an important host plant for the Eastern tiger swallowtail, so plant extra and you’ll soon see cute, colorful caterpillars happily munching on every part of the plant. We see lots of the black morph variety.
Dill is a ubiquitous part of Russian cuisine.
Growing up, everything was sprinkled with a generous pinch of chopped dill. It’s an easy way to elevate humble dishes like potatoes and mushrooms, pelmeni, eggs, borscht, and pickles. Russia’s summers are too cool and short to grow exotic spices, so quick-growing herbs like dill, parsley, and tarragon round out the nutritional and flavor needs of millions of Slavs.
Latin name: Anethum graveolens
Hardiness Zone: None/Annual
Days to Germination: 7-21
Days to Maturity: 65
Seeding Depth: 1/4”
Plant Spacing: 9-12”
Plant Height: 2-4′
Row Spacing: 12-15”
Growing Habit: Upright, top-heavy
Soil Preference: Organically rich, well-drained
Temperature Preference: 60-70 °F
Light Preference: Full sun in colder temps, partial sun in the Fall
How to Sow & Grow Dill
Sow seeds once the soil is able to be worked. Reseed every 2 weeks into midsummer for a continuous supply. Like many herbs, dill can withstand the heat. Germination takes 7 to 21 days and will continue to grow for 4 to 6 weeks. You won’t need to water dill too much unless it’s potted, then give it 6 to 8 hours of sun each day and water consistently.
When to Harvest Dill
You can begin harvesting 60 days from the sow date or as soon as the plant has produced several leaves. Depending on the end-use of this herb, keep some plants pruned to delay flowering and let others produce flowers. Use the seeds for next year and save others for flavoring pickles!