Beautiful Dill.

first_imgDill is famous for its flavor. But this wonderful herb can be asgorgeous as it is tasty.Mature plants have tiny, yellow blooms in flat, lacy clusterslike airy umbrellas. The flowers make great cut flowers.Dill’s bluish-green fronds branch readily from the single round,hollow stalk that emerges from its taproot. Its feathery foliageprovides a soft background for smaller, sun-loving petunias,daisies, marigolds and others. Combine dill with flowers in a bedor border. Delicious Dill Get the Best Flavor Photo: Wayne McLaurin More Informationcenter_img As great as it tastes, dill earns a place in your landscape, too. In the garden, dill plants attract beneficial insects, includingbees, parasitic wasps and tachinid flies. Wherever dill blooms,it contributes to the welfare of neighboring plants.Great Varieties AvailableCommon garden dill grows 3 to 5 feet tall. But dwarf versionsgrow 2 to 3 feet tall. Among the most attractive varieties:* “Dukat” is grown for its abundant foliage, which is perfect forsalads. The seeds are great for seasoning various condiments. Sowthem in clumps. This variety is considered a tender annual, sostart seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last springfrost. Transplant seedlings outdoors after all frost danger iswell past.* “Bouquet” is an early bloomer that sports large seed heads anddark, blue-green foliage. It’s ideal for pickling.* “Long Island” or “Mammoth” dill is so reliable that it’scommonly grown by commercial growers.* “Fernleaf” was a 1992 All-America Selection winner. This uniquedwarf dill reaches only 18 inches tall, so it needs no staking.It’s slow to go to seed, too, which gives you more time toharvest leaves. “Fernleaf” dill excellent for containers andlooks great in flower arrangements.Grow Dill in Containers, TooPlant dill with other herbs near the kitchen or in window boxesor planters so its fine texture contrasts with the coarserfoliage of basil, mints and others.Dill, especially the dwarf type, is a good companion incontainers for other sun-lovers like flowering annuals, otherherbs or vegetables such as patio tomatoes.Use a container at least 10 inches deep to accommodate itstaproot. Be sure it has drainage holes. Fill it with a moistened,soilless potting mix to within 2 inches of its top.Either add some granular, slow-release fertilizer to the mixbefore you plant or plan to feed them once a month with ageneral-purpose liquid fertilizer.Plant the dill seedlings in the container and water them well.Keep them out of bright sun the first day or so while they adjustto their new situation.Water often to prevent the container plants from drying outduring hot, summer days. Because dill matures fairly fast, you’llhave to replace spent plants with new ones during the season.last_img

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