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Growing Dill at Home
Dill growing can see you produce bags of this versatile herb easily. Dill is known to attract beneficial insects that your garden needs. It is popular around the world. However, dill originated in the Mediterranean and southeastern Europe.
Dill is also known as “Sholpa” in Bengal, savaa in Hindi, or soa in Punjabi.
Dill Growing Conditions
Location and Soil
Plant in full sun, or at least where the plant will get sun for a good part of the day. Also, plant your seeds in well draining soil. Hence loose soil is a good medium for this plant.
Dill Growing from Seed
You can propagate from seed.
Time needed: 3 minutes
How to grow dill plant from seed.
- Sowing Seeds
Sow seeds 1cm deep and every 20cm (8in) apart.
Thin your seedlings out as required. Make sure your remaining seedlings are approximately 40cm (15in) apart.
- Sun and Water
Plant in full sun. Plants will need water regularly. However, water-logging could kill your tree. Indeed this is why we recommended loose well draining soil.
Cut to harvest and remove any flowers to prolong leafy growth.
Growing Dill in Pots
Dill grows well in the tropics, but it will do even better if you grow it in pots. Tropical downpours during the ‘wet season’ are not good for many herbs. Therefore growing in a container or raised bed that will drain well is a real advantage.
Fertilising your plants with a balanced fertiliser is a good idea. We apply this in the form of a water soluble fertiliser every month or so.
You should water your plants at least twice each week.
Pests and Diseases
Dill growing tips must include pest management. So pests include whitefly, caterpillar, aphids, thrips and mites. However, you can apply ‘white oil’ to address these pests. White oil is an organic pesticide that you can make yourself at home.
Health Benefits of Dill Growing
Dill is a good source of Vitamins A and C as well as Calcium and Iron.
Some studies have shown dill can help to manage type 2 diabetes. This herb also goes well with fish and eggs, which are foods that are beneficial for people with diabetes to eat. In addition, using herbs to flavour food provides an alternative to sweeter, processed flavourings.
Heart Attack and Stroke
Dill contains flavonoids that have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Research on animals shows that dill can also reduce cholesterol levels.
In conclusion we hope you have found our dill growing guide useful.
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