Welcome to my website. Its about growing fresh herbs amongst my vegetables and fruit trees and their use in the kitchen. The presence of these herbs benefits the other edible plants by attracting pollinators and helping to repel pests. They add beauty and pleasant aromas to my garden with their attractive foliage and flowers...............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Dill Bouquet
Latest Update 8th December 2016.
Dill is a vigorous large herb in an Ecobed. It needs to be grown in a sunny position in moist soil.
I grow it as an annual to increase plant diversity in my garden, and use it as a companion plant for cucumbers.
It is a useful culinary herb, and the leaves are best used freshly cut. I use it to flavour pickled cucumbers and in butter as a dressing on freshly steamed young potatoes.
After it finishes flowering, I cut it down and add it to my compost heap.
Variety: Anethum graveolens.
Family group: Boraginaceae.
Garden bed type: Ecobed.
Recommended soil pH. 6.0 - 7.0.
Minimum sun per day: 3 hours.
Plant spacings (centres): 500mm.
Climate: Warm temperate.
Dill needs full sun.
It grows well in moist fertile soil, and loves hot weather in an Ecobed.
Clear a space in spring by removing old mulch, dead leaves
and unwanted organic material.
Apply a 60mm top dressing of homemade compost. and cover with about 50mm of straw mulch.
Propagate Dill from seeds sown in jiffy pots in an EcoPropagator, and transplant them when ready into a prepared bed.
Once the plants start to grow vigorously apply a foliar spray of aerated compost tea every 4 weeks.
Harvesting and Storage.
Dill leaves are best harvested and used fresh, as they loose their flavour stored as dry herbs.
Freezing them in oil will preserve their flavour for several months.
Organic Pest Control.
Dill has always been resistant to pests in my garden.
Repeated foliar sprays of aerated compost tea should deter most airborne pests and diseases.
preparation and regular applications of home made compost should help control soil borne pests.