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In a herb garden, one thing should not be missing: we are talking about dill. After all, it not only refines dishes, it is also child's play to grow.
Dill is a natural weed -
Those who like to eat fish will definitely have dill (Anethum graveolens) in the garden. Cultivation is also worthwhile for those who do not like fish. After all, dill also tastes great with many other dishes. For example, you can use it to refine your cucumber salad or give sauces a very special kick. The spice plant was already used in ancient Egypt and was known and popular in ancient Greece and Rome. Dill shouldn't be missing in any kitchen.
Give it a try and grow dill yourself. It is quite undemanding in terms of location and can be sown almost anywhere. Even on the balcony and terrace.
Dill has some advantages
Dill keeps pests away:
If you grow dill, you are bringing a valuable biological weapon against pests into the garden. It smells like a defense shield and keeps root pests like the carrot and onion fly away. On top of that, Dill also sells the cabbage white and aphids. It can therefore always be worthwhile to plant some dill between the vegetables. This effectively increases crop yield.
Dill promotes germination:
Dill also promotes the germination of plant seeds. So say seeds of cucumber, onions, carrots, peas, beans, beets and lettuce work much better.
Dill is decorative:
In addition, some types of dill are very decorative. So you can also cut it off and put it in a vase or beautify bouquets with it.
This is how dill is grown properly
Location & soil:
As I said, dill grows almost everywhere. But it is best if you give it a sunny place with many hours of light a day. The soil should ideally have a high humus content and be loose and permeable to water. The floor may also be slightly damp. If you have a fairly compacted soil in your garden, you should loosen it with coarse sand.
You should always sow dill in mid-April. Then best in rows with a distance of about 20 centimeters. Put the seeds into the soil about 1 centimeter deep and cover them lightly. Then always water well so that the soil does not dry out. Prevent waterlogging, however, because the dill does not get that. You do not need to fertilize the dill.
Harvest & store dill
You can harvest dill, which is also known in Germany as dille or cucumber herb, at any time. While you can easily keep the seeds of the dill in a dark container for a fairly long period of time, you should only use the herb fresh. You can also freeze it. When storing the seeds, make sure that the jar is well closed.