If you are considering growing dill in an herb garden, there are many wonderful varieties to choose from. You will probably want to base your final decision on both individual tastes and family preference. There is no sense in growing a large crop of herbs, which will never be used.
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Growing Dill In Your Garden
Dill is an excellent choice, whether you are a first-time gardener or a green thumb. In fact, it is probably one of the easiest herbs to grow. It can be planted in a traditional or hydroponic garden. Either way, you, will get excellent results with little effort.
Hydroponics systems do not use any soil. Plants are instead grown in nutrient-rich water, either supported by a medium such as rockwool or in some cases, with roots suspended in midair.
There are many benefits to starting a hydroponic garden. Plants can be grown year-round, even in cold climates. They grow more quickly, in a cleaner and more efficient environment. Since most systems reuse the nutrient solution, you conserve water as well. (And it’s just fun!)
In a traditional garden you should plant dill behind your other herbs. Plants can grow up to 3 feet tall. It is best to plant seeds close together. This will allow maturing plants to support each other. Dill grows best when it is exposed to direct sunlight, but can stand a bit of afternoon shade. It should never be planted next to fennel or caraway.
Dill Culinary Uses
In the kitchen, dill can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Like so many other herbs, you will find that you will realize the most favorable results when using it right out of the garden. (Just remember … “Fresh is always best!”)
You can use dill in soups, dips, salads (hot and cold), and casseroles and of course when making pickles! It can also be used when preparing fish dishes and herb butter. For a yummy and healthy alternative to salt, grind the seeds and use as a substitute.
Unfortunately, dill left uncut will go to seed. If at the end of the growing season you find yourself with enough dill to feed the neighborhood, it is very easy to dry in your microwave.
Simply place dill on a paper towel, in a single layer. Microwave it on high for three minutes. Remove from oven. Discard the stems and crumble. Place your dill in a container with a tight-fitting lid. (Avoid storing in direct sunlight.)
Medicinal Qualities of Dill
As a home remedy, dill can settle a stomach and ease uncomfortable feelings of bloating and gas build up. Start by brewing a cup of tea. Add two teaspoons of crushed dill seeds for every cup of boiling water used. Steep for 10 minutes. Consume up to three times per day as needed.
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