Mediterranean Diet 101

How to Grow Dill - Anethum Graveolens

dill anethum graveolens 1Dill (Anethum Graveolens) is a 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) tall annual plant. It has slender, hollow stems with finely divided, soft and delicate, 10–20 cm (4–8 inches) long leaves. It is similar to Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare).

Cultivation: Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the herb garden. After danger of late winter or early spring frosts is gone, it can be sown in the pots or in the garden until August.

Dill requires warm to hot summers with plenty of sunshine. It also prefers rich, well drained, aerated soil. If the soil is too rich with nitrogen, it can grow tall but very weak - be sure to use balanced fertilizers.

If you grow dill indoors, it can be sown all year long, just be sure to grow it next to the south window or even use artificial light.

Due to its height, be sure to plant dill on location where it won't block sunshine to neighboring plants. Also, it is rather delicate plant, so be sure to protect it from strong winds.

If it is left to mature, its seeds will easily spread around the garden and getting rid of it can sometimes be problematic. The seeds are good for three to seven years, so if you grow dill for its seeds for cooking, you will also have it for sowing.

Dill is grown for its leaves, flowers and seeds - but mostly for its leaves.

When plant is some 20cm (8 inches) high, young leaves can be picked - from bottom up. As soon as first buds appear, be sure to sow few more seeds - this way, you will always have fresh dill leaves.

Culinary use: young leaves are added when meals are almost done - this way, they will keep their colors. Its flowers can be used for various vinegars and marinades and milled seeds are great for various dips and some cheese.

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