Dill is a grassy herb from the Apiaceae family. Dill is often associated with pickles as it used in the pickling process. However, dill can also be used in soups, stews and dips.
As part of the carrot family, dill is a great herb to complement carrot dishes. Personally we love to add dill to our cucumber salad recipe and tzatziki.
The herb produces small pretty yellow flowers that attract bees. Let’s grow dill in your Phoenix garden.
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Phoenix Gardening Steps: Grow Dill
- When and how to plant dill
- What grows well near dill and what doesn’t?
- How to care for dill
- Harvesting dill- When is the ideal time to pick dill?
When to Plant and How to Grow Dill
Dill is a cool season annual herb. In Phoenix or gardening zone 9b seeds can be planted October through January. Transplant in February and March.
Allow space for dill to spread two foot wide and two to four feet high.
Companion Plants for Dill
Culinarily it goes well with carrots, but it can inhibit the growth of carrots if planted near them.
How to Care for Dill
Light Requirements: Dill likes 6-8 hours of sun, it can tolerate filtered sun.
Soil Requirements: Prefers fertile well-drained soil, however cilantro can grow in soil less than ideal as long as it has good drainage. Dill likes neutral and slightly acidic pH. The soil pH range of 6-7 is ideal.
Water Requirements: Dill doesn’t like dry soil. Water frequently so the soil stays moist, but not soggy.
When to Harvest Dill
Dill can be harvested in 40-60 days from seed. To harvest snip leaves at the base of the leaves. Never take more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.
Harvest before the plant goes to seed. If planted in October should be available to harvest in December or January.