The first thing that comes to mind when I think of dill is pickles. Although, dill is used for a variety of reasons. From various culinary uses and some possible medicinal* uses, it is also a host plant for caterpillars. This lovely plant tastes great, smells great, adds height and texture to the garden and serves many purposes; a definite must have for any herb or butterfly garden!
Dill is a fast growing, cool weather annual that will reseed itself if left to flower. It has loose, feathery, blue-green leaves with fine yellow flowers in the summer; the seeds are a pale brown color. It loves full sun and works well in the back of an herb garden. In addition, it makes a great addition to butterfly gardens as it is a host plant for caterpillars. Like most herbs, the leaves of the dill plant can be used both fresh and dried. Planting Tips: Best not to grown near fennel. Plant dill after the last frost has passed and the ground has been given a chance to warm up a bit.
*Note: We do not support medicinal uses of herbs and are not suggesting they should be used as such. Contact your physician for further information.
– Help to promote sleep
– Digestive Aid
– Freshen Breath
– Leaves are used in dips, to make flavored butter, soup, salad, fish and egg dishes.
– Seeds are used to pickle cucumbers and cabbage.
– Ground seeds can be used as a salt substitute.
– Deer Resistant Plant
– Host plant for the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, among others.
Just for Fun
– Native to the Mediterranean region.
– Greeks used dill to promote sleep and prevent hiccups.
– Dill is mentioned in the Bible.
– Dill was used to keep witches at bay, yet was also used in spells to help with your love life.
Happy Herb Gardening!
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