Growing Dill

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(Best months for growing Dill in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks. Use leaves before flowering.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cabbage, Coriander, Fennel, tomatoes, broccoli

Your comments and tips

17 Jun 21, Celeste (Canada - Zone 7b Mild Temperate climate)
I sent a reply; and then thought about the complexity.... and as usual, I went over board. So here is my best advice for a complete beginner gardeners. If you have the space, a good garden to start with is a Mediterranean Herb garden (I say if you have the space because if you plant one of these in a small space, you might not have room to plant anything else - and perhaps other plants or vegetables would serve you better). Ok, so what is a Mediterranean herb garden. It is a garden comprised of herbs that don't need much water, can tolerate poorer soils and like sun and heat . When picking a location for this herb garden think about a few things: 1. it should be in the sun ( at least 6 hrs of sun per day) and 2. It does not have to be close to the water source. Generally you locate plants that require lots of water close to your tap, or within easy reach of your hose; because you will be watering them frequently. On the other hand, plants that don't require frequent watering can be located in "less prime" watering locations; since you don't have to water them frequently. Convenience is key here; put plants that like water in a spot that is easy to water, and plants that require less water further away in those difficult to get to zones. The Mediterranean herb garden is a great garden to start with; since it is pretty tough to kill these herbs; they are very useable in cooking, or even eaten raw; and some are great ingredients in salad dressings. There is lots of return for little effort here; as herbs are high in vitamins. Most herbs can be started easily from seeds; cuttings or even the smallest of garden center plant purchases (in other words; I would not bother buying the 1 liter plant when the basket stuff size will do. It should be noted that some people like to locate their dry herbs close to the kitchen, so they are more likely to snip a bit of this and a bit of that when they are cooking; it all depends on how you want to use your garden real estate; and what needs to be convenient for you. There are also herbs that are considered "wet" ;herbs, because they like to be moist; Basil, mint etc. Locate these herbs somewhere where it is easy to water them, and somewhere where you can easily keep an eye on them (and water them if they wilt) -- they might also like a break from the hot afternoon sun; so if the garden closest to your kitchen is shady in the hot afternoon (but still gets morning sun) - this is a good spot for them; making them easy to monitor, easy to water, and easy to snip a bit here and there when preparing a meal. What I gather from your question is you need to take a little more time thinking about how you will "group" your plants into garden beds; or zones within a bed. Again, my suggestion for complete beginners is the dry herb garden; it's the INTRO to gardening; and you know you are going when you start to use your herbs.....most people have an easy time getting the garden up and going, but have to force themselves to incorporate the herbs in their cooking in the beginning; it can be tough.
17 Jun 21, Celeste (Canada - Zone 7b Mild Temperate climate)
A late reply.... but none the less- here goes. You have planted incorrectly. That is, you should not interplant plants that like little water (dry) with heavy water consumers. This is part of the idea of companion planting - where you plant plants with similar needs, or plants that benefit each other in the same area. For example: carrots and tomatoes work well together; they have similar water requirements and they like the same type of soil. Further carrots are tap rooted and tomatoes have roots like fibers; this means you can plant them closer together and they should not bother each other. On the other hand a rosemary should not be planted near a tomato since rosemary is a "dry herb" and does not want to be as wet as the tomato. Your dry herbs are : rosemary. oregano. tarragon. thyme, marjoram and lavender (plus artesima/wormwood etc). Watering requirement approximate this for most vegetables: about 1.5 inches of water per week... maybe more, maybe less; it depends on a lot of factors. Look up by vegetable how much water is needed--- then use this calculation to figure out how to put that much water on: The calculations below are a good starting point; but watering needs change based on the weather (lots of dry heat means lots of water lost to evaporation, overcast and damp means very little water will "dry off") -- so you do need to adjust; but the calculations below might give you some idea of where to start. Let's say you have a garden bed that is 4' x 6' And lets say you want to put in two inches of water. So how much water is that ? First let's calculate the area of your bed in inches squared area = 4' x 6' area in inches = 48" x 72" area in inches = 3456 square inches So we want to cover 3456 square inches of garden with 2 inches of water So what we really need is the VOLUME (cubic inches) of water we need to cover this area Volume of water needed = 3456 sq inches of garden x 2" of water Volume of water needed = 6912 cubic inches of water ---> but what is a cubic inch of water in a measurement I understand ? Using a google app to convert cubic inches of water to gallons we input the number of cubic inches and it tells us what that is in gallons. So you need to add 30 gallons of water to have watered your 4' x 6' plot with 2 inches of water
26 Mar 17, Grace (Australia - temperate climate)
Although dill is a hardy plant, it can be difficult to transplant young seedlings. Since dill does not transplant as well as other plants, plant dill seeds wherever you plan to grow them for the season.
06 Jun 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
give some garden lime to the soil-a man size handful to m2 and dig in well, and do not plant same herb same patch every time. when grows cut and use outside growths never cut the mid stem growth. and grow them about 20cm. apart -at least. 1-wet your prepared soil 2-sctter seeds 3-top up with potting soil 5mm. thickness 4- go and buy a hydrometer from Bunnings or garden shop and measure humidity to depth of 1cm.- if no rain every day. if it shows dry at that depth, water with very fine spray.and cross your finger. when grows to 4cm. thin out to 20cm. and good luck.
17 Jun 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks for this, Simon.I'm not growing dill at present but love it so your post is going to be very helpful for me. J.
27 Jul 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I've been following a lot of advice from Gardenate and now have two garden beds filled with various and different vegies and herbs.The amaranth seeds I saved from last year are coming along nicely and tomorrow I will sow the dill seeds at the back of one garden near some tomatoes and coriander. So thanks for your advice on Gardenate. J.
01 Jun 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
after many times of trying to grow a good patch of dill, I finally have see the light. the secret is out, good soil,compost, manure ,sun and not too much water. planted direct in garden amazing, in 2nd. April and it grows faster than I can use. even the new growth is coming on now in june. may be we had good weather? Dill is about 30 cm. now.
05 Mar 16, Deborah (Australia - tropical climate)
I am growing my first Dill. They were green and lush until 2 days ago when they began to fall over a bit and today they are almost all bent over and looking wilted. They have had plenty of water.
22 Sep 19, Kieran (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sounds like too much water
03 Mar 16, simon (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow dill in pots , they grow well up to 10cm but most of them start to wilt. reason ?
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I've been following a lot of advice from Gardenate and now have two garden beds filled with various and different vegies and herbs.The amaranth seeds I saved from last year are coming along nicely and tomorrow I will sow the dill seeds at the back of one garden near some tomatoes and coriander. So thanks for your advice on Gardenate. J.

- Jane

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