dill plants imgScientific name Anethum graveolens, Dill is an annual herb with blue-green fern-like leaves, large umbels and sprouts of yellow blossoms. This is a large herb, growing to around 2 to 3 feet in height.

When dried, Dill leaves can be referred to as Dill weed, and is used as an herb all over the world in countless recipes. Dill is most famous for their addition of flavor to Dill Pickles, but can be used in other cooking and cuisine. In earlier times, dill was used in England in a variety of traditional medicinal methods. Such as those to treat jaundice, headache, boils, and several stomach ailments, along with many other health issues. For how versatile this plant can be, it does take slightly more care.

To plant Dill, it must be well drained, in medium rich soil, and in full sun. Medium rich soil can be found at local greenhouses and home improvement stores. Copious amounts of weeding and cultivation will produce larger sized herbs. The bigger they get, and the more isolated they are, dill herbs may require staking to keep them standing erect.

Seeding is required to start off the planting process, as is any other plant or herb. But what is special about Dill is that it self-sows. Meaning, it plants its own seeds! Do be cautious however, dill tends to be resistant toward transplanting.

Newer versions and species of Dill are available. Their appearance makes them more appealing in a garden. They look cleaner, and more kept together. If you want more of a sophisticated look, there is Bouquet and Fernleaf dill to consider planting, over the generic Dill.

Fun Fact: In ancient times, Dill was used most commonly to relieve gas.