Dill is an annual herb widely grown in Europe and Asia. Its seeds and leaves are used to flavor food. It is a good source of Vitamin A and has several health benefits, which includes its famed anti-inflammatory qualities and ability to improve digestive health. Dill is easy to grow in your greenhouse if you follow this simple guide.
- Sow dill seeds in 0.25-inch deep furrows that are at leat 18 inches apart. The soil should have temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dill seedlings often emerge after about 15 days after planting. 14 days after they emerge, you should thin excess seedlings so you have plants spaced 12 inches apart.
- Water the plants with about 4 inches of water every two days in their early stages.
- Work the ground around the plant to remove weeds since the plant does poorly when smothered by weeds.
Tips and Tricks
- Dill does not perform well when transplanted. You should, therefore, ensure you start seeds in the greenhouse.
- It may be necessary to stake the plants to prevent the tall flower stems from falling over.
- Dill is susceptible to gusts of the wind so either set up your greenhouse kit in a manner that ensures your dill plants are shielded, or close the doors and vents during extreme winds.
- Dill is a relatively hardy herb. It does not require special care and is rarely susceptible to infections. However, on the rare occasion it is infected; leaf spot, along with fungal leaf and root infections, seems to overwhelm the herb very quickly.
- Dill requires plenty of water, especially in the first month. During this period, apply about 4 inches of water every two days.
Dill thrives in nutrient-rich soils that are well-drained with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.6.
Dill needs plenty of the sunlight but can thrive in partly shade conditions; which is the reason the herb thrives inside greenhouse kits.
Mature dill plants often attain heights between 18 and 24 inches. However, you can start harvesting dill as soon as it has five or more well-formed leaves. Harvest by cutting off the leaves using a pair of scissors. If you have plenty of plants, you can cut off entire stalks.