The seed pads are 8 cm in diameter.
|Latin name:||Anethum graveolens|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||July - November|
These seed pads require no prior treatment.
Water extra in periods of drought. Give regular (fortnightly) doses of liquid fertiliser. For more leaves, do not allow the plant to flower (plants that flower do not produce new leaves). Dill is a lovely plant and will look good in any border - in which case it is nice to allow the flowers to develop.
Herbs on patio or decking
These pots can be stood outdoors from mid-May. Acclimatise them by standing them in a shady spot for an hour longer every day. After 5 days they will be ready to stay outdoors. Pot up if necessary into a large pot with good drainage but be very careful of dill's long carroty looking root. Dill will grow to around 1 metre high! Stand it in a sunny, sheltered spot.
For convenience, keep pots near the kitchen door or window and then you will always have fresh herbs to hand.
Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a lovely, delicately leafed annual. Dill will flower from June through September with yellowish green flowers. To extend the leaf harvest, prevent flowering, but otherwise, just allow the plant to grow naturally in the border.
Dill is one of the Umbelliferae family. Anethum comes from 'breath out', graveolens means 'strong smelling'. The strong odour keeps greenfly away so it is handy to spread dill around the kitchen garden. We humans happen to like the smell of dill!
Dill is a cough suppressant and rich in vitamin C.
Probably originating in Asia, dill spread throughout Southern Europe with the Romans and was later brought to the rest of Europe by monks who knew how to use it. Dill contains a calming agent, almost sleep inducing. Children were kept quite in church in the old days by having them chew on dill seed.
Dill is deliciously aromatic, the seed somewhat peppery and bitter - the leaf does not have this bitterness at all.