Most people associate dill with pickles. It’s good in many recipes from egg dishes (quiche!) to salads and sauces.
Feathery dill plants look elegant and somewhat exotic in the garden. They’ll grow to 36″ tall in the right conditions and they flower in a half dome at the top of a long stem with lots of little stems supporting tiny yellow flowers.
To plant dill, begin by soaking the tough seeds between two wet paper towels overnight. Dill seeds are tough and they’ll have a better chance of germinating if the outer coating is soaked. Prepare soil by “fluffing up” the top layer about 18″ down – dill has deep roots, so help it by breaking up the soil. Try not to bring the deeper soil to the top – each layer of soil has its own specific organisms and needs and bringing deeper soil to the surface will kill the bacteria in the lower soil. A good method is called double digging: dig out 6-12″ of dirt and set it aside, then break up the soil underneath with a garden fork. Finally, replace the dug out soil on top of the newly broken up soil.
Follow seed packet directions for spacing and depth.
Use dill in soups, salads, sauces. Sprinkle on top of eggs and layer in between your lox and cream cheese on a bagel. However you use it, remember that dill loses it’s flavor as it’s cooked, so add at the very end of the cooking process – right before serving.
More specifics on growing dill here. Happy herb gardening!