Garden How TO

THE BEST TIME TO PLANT DILL

Dill thrives in cool weather. In colder climates, the best times to grow dill are the fall and spring. In warmer climates like Texas, dill can grow from fall all the way to spring.

THE BEST PLACE TO GROW DILL

Dill can easily be grown in containers, pots, and grow bags that are at least 6 inches deep. I love growing it in my raised bed gardens. Grow in an area that gets at least 4hrs of sunlight.

HOW TO SOW DILL SEEDS in 5 EASY STEPS

1

PREPARE THE SOIL

Add a 2″ thick layer of fresh compost to the top of the planting area. Smooth the soil surface with your hand or a trowel to remove any little hills and valleys. (These seeds are tiny, so you don’t want them slipping and sliding all over the place.)

2

MAKE A TRENCH

Draw a shallow trench in the soil with your finger about 1/4" deep. Place all of your dill seeds about 3" apart.

3

COVER THE SEEDS

Dill seeds are so tiny that they don’t really need to be buried. Press them down with your hand to ensure they have good soil contact, and then sprinkle a light layer of soil or compost over them.

4

WATER THE SEEDS

Use a soft setting on your hose to water the seeds in well (a hard spray could displace them). You should begin to see little dill sprouts emerge in 10-21 days.

5

REPEAT

For a steady supply of dill at their best flavor, I recommend sowing more dill seeds every couple of weeks until the weather is no longer ideal. This is called succession planting.

HOW TO HARVEST DILL

You can begin harvesting the leaves of dill about 4 to 6 weeks after sprouting. At this point, the plant should be about 8 inches tall. Use a clean pair of scissors or your fingernails to harvest dill in the early morning, when the leaves will have the most flavor. The best way to harvest dill without harming the plant is to cut the outermost stems.