Companion Planting forum: Another Dill Question

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Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
Jun 13, 2010 8:56 AM CST
My dill has grown taller than me, flowered, and is now going to seed. When are the seeds ready to harvest. I don't want 10 bazillion little dill plants in my garden in the fall, but I do want to save the seeds.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 13, 2010 10:04 AM CST

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Oh that is beautiful. Is that the mammoth dill? I love that one. I had new seedling come up this year but they were in an isolated area where the dill was last year. When I harvested the seeds, I let a few fall to the ground just for that purpose.

I see you have some seeds ready to harvest there, the dried ones, that is if you want to harvest them. I find it is easier to take a brown paper bag, or catching recepticle and put it under & around the seed heads. Then just take your hand at the base of the flower head and push the seeds into the bag - they should fall off easily. They are good for cooking and pickling and planting or trading seeds too! Just store them in an air tight jar.

Also, if you do much pickling, the greener flower heads can be cut and added to pickling vinegars for a pretty look, plus flavor.

One plant does give you more seed that you could need! Blinking
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 13, 2010 10:12 AM CST

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And don't forget to freeze up some of the dill leaves for cooking later in the year. I think you will be glad you did. I know I wished that I had frozen more of the dill last year because I ran out before the season started again this year! It really keeps its flavor and aroma in the freezer, better than drying!!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
Jun 13, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Yes, Christine, it's the Mammoth Dill. I'm 5'2" and the tops of the plant were taller than me! I want to save the seeds so I can plant more this fall and then next year. I'd also like to trade some away or just give the seeds away. I've so enjoyed having it in my garden and have enjoyed the smell when I'm working in the garden.

I'll head out to the garden this evening with my paper bag and start collecting the seeds!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 13, 2010 11:53 AM CST

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Fall planting (September) has worked best for me in a nice mulched bed, they will sprout and overwinter and, then when the time is right, about March, they just take off!!! It seems to give them ahead start that way.

Much like wintersowing really! Big Grin There's always wintersowing!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
Jun 13, 2010 5:49 PM CST
There is a funny story behind these dill plants. I actually did winter sow them in Feb. 2009. I never got them planted out of their jug, so I just left it on the back patio because it was too hot to deal with them. As I was cleaning off the patio last fall, I noticed that there were young sprouts in the jug! We overwintered them in our enclosed sunroom and then planted them out after the last snow of the season.

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