POTENTIAL PROBLEMS OF DILL PLANTING WITH TOMATOES
Dill are perennial herbs which have been cultivated since ancient times. They are native to Europe and Asia Minor (Turkey). Their cultivation was introduced into North America during the colonial period. Today they flourish in warm climates such as Florida, Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico.
However, there are some areas where their growth is restricted due to harsh winters or other factors. These areas include the Great Plains, the southern Rocky Mountains, and parts of Canada. In these regions it is not uncommon to see dill plants growing only in small patches.
The main problem with growing dill in containers is that they need room to spread out and reach full size before winter sets in. If your container garden lacks space for them to grow, then you will have a hard time keeping up with their needs. You may even run out of room before spring arrives!
Another problem is that dill plants do not like being crowded together. When they are planted too close together, they begin competing for light and nutrients. A single dill plant may become so numerous that it becomes difficult to control its spread. Once a large patch of dill begins to form, it takes over the area around it and spreads outward at an alarming rate.
POTTED DILL PLANT CARE: TIPS FOR GROWING DILL IN POTS
Dill are best grown from seed since the seedlings grow faster and stronger than plants that are started from older plants. For this reason, even if a plant does not produce seeds, it is still beneficial to save them for next year’s crop.
While dill grows best in full sunlight, it can also thrive in partial sunlight. It is best to grow it in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. You should also plant your dill in loose, well-draining soil which has been enriched with compost or manure.
Your container garden will provide dill with the ideal environment for rapid growth. Because of this, you will not need to replant dill every year. This will free up some space in your garden for other herbs or vegetables.
If you would like to save your dill seeds, then allow the flowers to bloom. When the flowers have turned to a light brown color, they should be ready for harvesting. You can then lay them out in a single layer and allow them to dry in a cool, dry place. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dark place until you are ready to use them next year.
Some people do not save their dill seeds since they can spread quite rapidly. You may find that it is better to replace your dill plants every three years or so. It can take a lot of time and effort to keep the patches from spreading into unwanted areas of the garden.
If you grow your dill in a container garden, then this problem will be eliminated altogether. Your plants will not be able to spread out of control since they are confined within their container. All you will have to do is keep up with the weeding around the edges of your containers.
This is especially true if you live in a region where dill grows naturally. In Oregon, for example, you may find dill growing wild along fencerows and in fields. Unless you take steps to eliminate it, it will spread into all of your fields and take over! This is why it is best to keep your dill plants confined in a pot where they cannot spread.
GROWING SPACES FOR DILL
While dill grows well in containers, it can also be effectively grown in a garden setting as well. If you have the room in your garden for it, then you will be able to grow dill without worrying about its spreading out of control. You can grow it along a fence row where it can trail over the edges and enhance the appearance of the area.
Dill grows well in a wide variety of soil types. It does prefer loose, well-draining soil though. It will not tolerate water-logged soil so you may need to raise its level slightly to ensure that the soil remains loose. You can do this by placing a layer of mulch at the bottom of the hole before you set the plant inside.
If you have problems getting your dill to germinate, then it may be because of over-fertilization. This can prevent dill from sprouting, so if you have tested your soil and found that it has a high level of nitrogen, then you should consider temporarily discontinuing the use of fertilizers in the soil.
If your region experiences very hot summers, then dill can suffer if the temperature rises above 110 degrees. It is best to grow dill in a shadier location if this is the case in your region.
DILL’S NEED FOR SUPPORT
Dill has feathery fronds that give the plant its distinctive appearance. These can be as long as three feet long and they just don’t have the structural strength to stand upright on their own. They will begin to fall over if they do not have anything propping them up.
This means that you will need to stake your dill plant or train it to grow over a frame. If you grow it along a fence line, then it is possible to simply allow the tips of the fronds to trail out and over the edges.
You will need to provide extra support if you wish to harvest dill leaves at any length. It is quite simple to do this by using small stakes and weaving the stems through them as they grow. If you plant your dill in a pot, then you can use a small wire cage to hold up the stems.
DILL IS A TASTY HERB
Dill is a tasty herb that adds flavor to a wide variety of foods. It has a distinct taste that most people like and it is used extensively in the preparation of fish, potatoes and other vegetables. Pickles are also considered to be improved by the addition of dill.
It is not just the leaves of the dill plant that are used for flavoring food. The seeds and even the stems can be used. You can dry the stems and then crumble them before adding them to your food. This will give a milder flavor to your food.
Dill is also used to flavor butter and this is commonly done in countries such as Scandinavia where it grows well in the wild. You can do the same thing in your own home. Just finely chop some dill and mix it with butter before placing it in the fridge to harden. Allow it to temper at room temperature before using it.
Dill can also be used in stews and soups, especially those made with fish. It can be used to flavor mayonnaise and other types of sauces. You can also make dill tea by steeping dill in boiling water. This can help soothe an upset stomach.
DILL IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE GARDEN
Dill is not only good for you, but it is also good for the garden. For centuries people have used it to repel certain types of insects that like to eat their vegetables. It also helps attract certain beneficial insects to the garden, such as bees and hoverflies.
Dill is easy to grow from seed and the seeds can be direct sown into the ground as soon as the soil begins to warm up in spring. You can give your dill plant a head start by planting the seeds in a small container indoors and transplanting it outside once it has grown large enough. Dill will grow to a mature height of about three feet. It blooms a lot and often, so you can always have fresh dill available to you.
You can harvest the dill as soon as the plants are large enough. You can keep on harvesting the outer stems and it will keep on growing more. If you wish to harvest the seeds, it is best to allow the flowers to go to seed and then dry out before gathering. You can plant some of the seeds next year.
Dill is one of those herbs that really opens up the taste buds. It has a clean flavor and does not overpower other flavors when used in cooking. You can always add more dill if you feel it needs it, as you can hardly ever add too much.
DILL IS A VERSATILE HERB THAT IS GOOD FOR THE BODY AND TASTEBUDS!
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