Dill flowers are attractive to many species of beneficial insects, making it a good choice for all gardens. Dill is used in pickling and making “dilly beans” and is excellent with roasted potatoes and vegetables.

by Dani Yokhna
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Size: 24 to 36 inches at maturity

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week

Soil requirements: Average garden soil with moderate amounts of organic matter

When to plant: Dill is easy to grow from seed planted directly in the garden in early spring or in fall. Although an annual, it will readily reseed on its own, sometimes a bit too vigorously.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

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When to harvest: Foliage (also called “dill weed”) can be harvested throughout the season. Seeds should be harvested after they’ve dried on the plant. Some recipes call for dill flowers—these can be harvested anytime before seeds have been produced.

Produce storage: Store foliage and flowers unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Seeds should be dried thoroughly on the plant, then laid out on paper towels for 10 to 14 days before being packed into canning jars or zipper-top plastic bags.

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