With its feathery green leaves, fragrant dill is used most commonly in soups and stews or for pickling. As its name suggests, dill “weed” is easy to grow—here’s how!
Native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean, dill is most at home in warmer climates. It’s an annual herb, so to create a permanent patch of dill, allow some of the plants to flower and go to seed each year—you’ll have plenty of early dill to start the next growing season.
Dill attracts beneficial insects such as wasps and other predatory insects to your garden, and is a host plant for the caterpillar of the black swallowtail butterfly.
Dill grows best in full sun (6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight). Also choose a location that is protected from strong winds, as dill’s tall foliage can be blown over easily.
Choose a planting site with well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter. The pH of the soil should ideally be between slightly acidic and neutral (6.5–7.0).