Monday, July 20, 2015

When Is The Best Time To Harvest Dill?

Dill is a flavorful herb that grows very well in Utah.  It looks a lot like fennel but it is not nearly as large - only 2 or 3 feet tall.  Dill is not perennial, however it will reseed itself readily.  If you're lucky you will only have to plant dill once.  Let some go to seed by not harvesting it and you will have dill every year in your garden.  It is a very pretty plant - green ferny foliage with yellow flower heads. Dill attracts pollinators and it looks great in summer flower bouquets!
Plant dill in full sun and give it  moderate amounts of water.  It is easy to grow from seed and can be planted any time from March through May.
Harvest dill weed (the ferny leaves) anytime up until the plant flowers (around July).  You can use dill weed fresh or dried in salads, soups or sandwiches.  Dill always goes well with cucumbers!
Harvest dill seed after the plant is finished flowering and the seeds are beginning to dry out and turn brown.  Watch the plants carefully (every few days) because if you wait too long, the seeds will all fall off the plant and you won't harvest any.
*When I harvest dill for dill pickles, I use the whole plant.  I cut them almost to the ground when the seeds are turning from green to brown.  I let the plants dry out on some newspaper or paper towels for a few days in a dark, warm, dry place.   When making the pickles I use stems, foliage, green seeds and brown seeds.
Dill Flowers In Utah

Harvesting Dill For Dill Pickles - stems, foliage and seedheads

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