|Bouquet Dill has early and large seed heads, as well as being the most widely grown organic dill seed variety, making it an excellent choice for use in pickling. Dill has many uses, some of which being used on salmon, vegetable grilling, potato salad as well as other salads. Butterflies love dill, fennel and parsley. 40-58 days to maturity or bloom. Grown Organically. 150 seeds per pkg|
How to Grow Dill From Seeds
DIRECT SOW then TRANSPLANT
If you wish to move your Dill Seedlings to a different location. Direct sow from early spring to early fall. Sow seeds 1" apart, cover lightly and thin seedlings 4-6" apart.
Plants may need staking when in bloom to keep the tall flower stems from falling over. You can keep plants cut to delay flowering, or harvest the whole plant as soon as the dill flowers. The first winter frost will kill dill planted in the fall. However, if it had time to go to seed, the fallen seed may produce new plants in the spring.
Plant dill far away from fennel, since the cross-pollination of these herbs produces variable results. Dill, like parsley and fennel, draws the parsley worm caterpillar, which is the larva of the black swallowtail butterfly. Plant enough to feed yourself and the caterpillars. Far from a pest, the butterflies are often encouraged by gardeners who plant dill and parsley in patches just to attract them.
Harvest dill foliage at any point between seedling and blooming stages. You may harvest the entire dill plant, preserving the foliage, as soon as the plant starts to flower and set seed. You can freeze leaves by snipping off an entire branch, putting it in a plastic bag, and storing it in the freezer. The flowers last a few days in a vase, too, if you would like to display them, but be prepared to dust under them as they shatter.
Harvest dill seeds as soon as they turn brown, before they fall to the ground. Snip the flower head from the stalk, then, in a warm, dry area, hang them upside-down in a paper bag. Once the seeds have dried and fallen into the bag, collect them for storage in an airtight container.
Dill seed is a pungent ingredient found in salad dressings, pickles, sauerkraut, and even breads. Enjoy the leaves at their peak when they are fresh, finely chopping for best flavor. Dill can be also a handy salt substitute for people on low-sodium diets.
You can dry the leaves, but add them to dishes in greater quantity, as they are less flavorful than fresh leaves.