Grow Your Own! Growing and harvesting your own herbs is easy and cheaper than buying from the store.
Dill is used most commonly in soups and stews or for pickling. Dill also attracts beneficial insects such as wasps and other predatory insects, and is a host plant for the caterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly.
Common Name: Dill
USDA Zones: 3–10
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Time: Summer
Fertilizer: Add compost at planting time
Mature size: 16"-24" tall
Pot Size: 4"
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Planting: Plant after danger of frost has passed. Select an area with sandy loam, which has good drainage where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sun. Space approx. 12” apart. This plant should be planted at the same depth it was growing in the container.
Watering: Give about an inch of water per week. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems.
To harvest and store: Harvest before the flowers appear for optimal flavor. Collect on a dry day, in the morning after the dew has dried, and hang in small bunches (to ensure proper drying) in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight for a week until thoroughly dry. Then remove the dried herbs from the stems, and store in an air tight container such as a glass jar, out of direct sunlight. Properly dried herbs should last between 1-3 years.