Planting Dill in a Vegetable Garden
Dill is an aromatic and flavorful herb which can be used in a variety of dishes. Planting it in a vegetable garden is one way to have a reliable source of dill on hand.
Where to Place Dill
Dill should be planted in a sunny area outdoors which has at least 6-8 hours of full sun. Soil should have a well-draining loam or sandy quality and be pH neutral. It should be watered and fertilized regularly and mulched to help retain moisture.
When to Plant Dill
Planting dill in early spring is recommended, although in certain regions it can be planted in late winter or early fall for a crop in the same year. Keep in mind that the herb needs 12-18 weeks to reach full maturity.
When planning your vegetable garden, it can also be helpful to plan the companion plants alongside the dill. Dill grows well with onions, carrots, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and cabbage – all of which are commonly planted in vegetable gardens. Additionally, dill can be planted in between larger plants like tomatoes or zucchini which provide some shade.
Caring for Your Dill
To get the most out of your dill, it’s important to take good care of it. Here are some tips for doing so:
- Watering Regularly: Dill requires regular watering to do its best. Water it once per week or more if there is a lack of rainfall.
- Nighttime Temperature: Make sure the nighttime temperatures dill is exposed to don’t dip below 50F, as this can cause damage to the plant.
- Fertilizing: Give your dill a boost of nutrients by fertilizing it every few weeks.
- Thinning: Once your dill has sprouted, your can thin out seedlings to give them more room to grow.
- Pruning: Prune your dill plants by removing the flowering stalks, as this will help the plant focus its energy on growing larger.
By carefully selecting the ideal spot for your dill and taking the time to invest a little ongoing care, you can enjoy a plentiful supply of this versatile herb throughout the season.