Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D is for Dill

Last year I had a huge dill plant in the garden, and couldn't harvest the seed heads fast enough to keep it from throwing itself all over the place. I didn't have as much need for it since I didn't make any dill pickles last year -- I had so many jars left from the year before, we decided to just eat the cucumbers fresh from the garden.

So this year, I'm finding little dill plants coming up all over the place! How does it get all the way over to the other side of the garden? Amazing. I'm pulling them up where I don't want them, because, like I said, these plants can get BIG.  I've heard that they don't transplant well, but I've never had any problem planting the little starts that I buy at the nursery.  They do grow well from direct seeding, though, so it's an easy plant to grow.

The leaves of dill are very good chopped finely, and I use it throughout the year in dips, potato salad, and on deviled eggs.

I love having herbs throughout the garden -- just touching the leaves and releasing their scent is an enjoyable experience. It's one of the favorite things we do with our granddaughters! I started teaching our first granddaughter about mint last summer, and she made her own mint tea bags.


  1. I've thought about making dill pickles before, especially recently. This is really making me want to give it a go. Nice post!

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  2. I have discovered dill very recently. Used it when I tried my hands at spanakopita for the first time, and got addicted to its flavor! Added it to rice and curry and what not!
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  3. I love dill, and spanakopita which I make probably twice a month. NEVER thought to use dill in my spani, but I'm going to try it the next time I make it! Thanks for the tip. I use it in eggs. Quite tasty.