A to C Challenge April 2013
Along with direct sowing Dill seed ever so neatly in rows in my small herb garden, I am also going to sow a few seeds in a clay pot or two and call it container gardening. Using peat pots would be even better because they can be put into the ground without disturbing the plant. Dill does not transplant well. It is recommended (by experts) that the seeds be sown where ever the plants are expected to grow.
Planting in containers is one way of growing dill. Another way is to broadcast the seeds by tossing the seeds high in the air and let them fall where ever they like. Hopefully, they will sprout and grow into tall feathery green plants with full heads of yellow flowers.
The dill is a native to southern Russian, western Africa, the Mediterranean region, and Margareta's garden.
I love cooking new potatoes, the first of the season, with a hefty handful of dill sprigs. The kitchen smells heavenly with its aroma. I also use a generous amount of fresh dill when I boil shrimp from a small fishing village of Mayport, Florida.
The dill will not grow well after midsummer, I've been told. Therefore, I plan to dry the dill for use throughout the year. Oh, am I an optimistic gardener, or what? I usually cut the seed heads with some stalks, tie them up loosely, put them in a brown paper bags with air holes, and hang them up to dry. The seeds will eventually drop to the bottom of the bag.
Sometimes, I spread the dill out on a cookie sheet to air dry. To speed up the process, I put the sheet with the dill into a warm oven. This works well after the oven have been used and has cooled down.
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