by Linda C Butler

I buy my dill seed in the bulk herb and spice section of the grocery store as dill is close to being a weed and grows easily.  I have even scattered dill seed in people’s gardens, much to their surprise when it pops up.  It is one of those plants that should be grown successively so that you have fresh dill all summer long as it is so useful for dips and salads or with steamed veggies.

If you make dill pickles, it is a bonus to gather your own dill.  Usually the seed heads are stuffed into the jar for dill pickles.  If you have no ripe dill you can add fresh dill stems and supplement with dried seeds, which contain the most flavor.

The stalks can be harvested very young, or left to mature to the yellowish heads.  They are attractive with flowers as the leaves are delicate.  Dill is not usually grown in pots, but if you continually harvest the plant then container plantings work.  Special seed for containers can also be purchased.

Dill can be frozen. Freeze the entire stalk and then break off the pieces and store in a plastic bag.  To dry dill, hang from a hook in the ceiling in a cool place.

Dill is easy to grow and is a very useful herb.


About Linda C Butler

I write pioneer stories from the Herb Lake Ghost Town. Please do not re-blog this material or re-publish without my permission.
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