Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Monday, March 20, 2006

Dill: Herb of the Week

Derived from the saxon word "dilla", which stands for "soothe", dill is my herb of the week. It's believed that this herb has a calming effect on the digestive tract, hence the "soothe" name derivative. Interesting, huh. This herb is one of the easier herbs to grow. I would highly recommend it for those herb enthusiasts just beginning plans for herb garden sites. With a flavor all it's own, dill is generally used with fish (olive oil and dill grilled on the barbeque), dips, on salads, or with soups. It's also used in pickling. I enjoy mine with a little yogurt sometimes as an accompaniment to a main course. No, I'm not Greek, but I love Greek food.

I usually plant my dill seeds early in cooler weather here in Washington State. I space my seeds about every four inches. This little guy is not easily transplanted. A full day of sun usually produces the best results for this plant though. I have never used it for medicinal uses. I believe it's best as a culinary compliment.

Say, butter...

Dijon Dill butter

  • 3/4 cup melted butter

  • 3 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill

Combine ingredients until well blended. Enjoy!

Plans for Herb Garden Sites

It's relatively easy designing plans for herb garden sites. Your first decision is location. Do you have an available spot outside? Would you be better off with an indoor herb garden? What herbs should you choose?

The preceding questions must first be answered before plans for herb garden sites can be drawn up. Once you've decided on these factors, it's time to choose your herbs. Are you planning on using them in food you prepare? Will they be strictly for aesthetic beauty? Many people grow or take echinacea for the health benefits it is suggested to have. Why I've even seen echinacea aromatherapy candles. In my perennials garden echinacea is planted for its beautiful and vibrant color. Your next decision relies on soil quality.

Does the soil you want to plant your herbs in have a decent drainage system? Will you need to add supplements or fertilizers. Answer these questions and you will be on your way to creating plans for herb garden sites you can enjoy for a lifetime