How to harvest Dill
The leaves ready to pick within 8-10 weeks of sowing. Cut back leaves often to prevent the plant from flowering and going to seed. The optimum time for harvesting is in the early morning. Dill weed is best harvested before the plant is fully mature and before the flower buds have opened. Dill seed is harvested at the end of the plant’s life cycle.
How to propagate Dill
Sow seed in Spring and Summer. Sow 6-8 mm deep; Germination time about 7-14 days.
Special features of Dill
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects lacewings and hoverflies
Repels harmful insects
Some compounds of dill (d-carvone is mentioned as one of them), when added to insecticides, have greatly increased the effectiveness of the insecticides.
Suitable for planting in large containers (deep roots of dill need deep containers), given loose rich soil and enough sunlight.
Can be grown inside, given enough sunlight.
Relatively drought tolerant due to taproot system.
Other uses of Dill
Fragrance, culinary, foliage, cut flowers, dried arrangements.
The earliest record of use for this plant is from 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt where the plant was described as a 'soothing medicine'.
The plant is commonly used for flavouring pickled foods and the leaves are used in fish and vegetable dishes.
Dill also attracts lots of beneficial insects to the garden, including bees, wasps, lacewings and ladybirds.
Used in many traditional medicines, including those against jaundice, headache, boils, lack of appetite, stomach problems, nausea and liver problems.
Fresh & dried dill leaves (sometimes called "dill weed" to distinguish it from dill seed) are widely used as herbs in Europe & central Asia. The plant are used to flavor many foods & dishes.