Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Pot of Dill

Every herb garden should have dill in it -- actually, every garden should have dill in it. It's an easy herb to grow although it is an annual it will reseed itself if given half a chance and thus, you will always have a patch of dill.

It smells so fresh and refreshing and is absolutely necessary for cucumbers, pickles, fish, and is good in potato salad, dips, breads, muffins, scones and cornbread. It's a real "workhorse" of an herb!

Which is why it was named 2010 Herb of the Year!

In the garden at Linderhof, the dill grows in a pot -- not because we want to contain it but because we have no other room for it. A pot of feathery dill is indeed a pretty sight. And if you keep it pinched back it grows bushy plus you have the trimmings to use with fresh Farmer's Market cucumbers or a sauce to go on the grilled salmon.

It does have relatives in the garden -- the parsley and the fennel - umbrels all.

It is definitely an old fashioned herb -- one of those garden plants that almost everyone who grew cucumbers grew -- so that they would have dill for pickles. My grandmother always had dill in her garden and I remember as a child munching on the seeds -- they tasted like pickles to me!

Linderhof's dill are little plants but they will grow and grow fast. Fresh dill is a luxury of summer!


The Tablescaper said...

You know, of all the herbs I have in my garden, dill isn't one of them. I'll have to correct that. Thanks for the inspriation.

- The Tablescaper

Allie and Pattie said...

I love dill for many things, but I also love the way it looks in my pots! :)
xoxo Pattie

Suz said...

Martha, I too, have memories of my grandfather's garden filled with dill. Just one touch of it and I'm back to that garden.

Haden News said...

Martha, I have never had much luck growing dill. I have always had it in the ground, maybe I will try it in a pot! Any other tips on growing Dill?
Thanks, Kendra

Amy said...

I'm on my way to the nursery now to get some. Thanks!

Mary Bergfeld said...

It is an herb I love, Martha. I make a lot of gravlax here and dill is an absolute necessity. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Lottie said...

Martha, I'm with Amy...Dill is on my list for my shopping this afternoon! Thanks for this post!

Lorrie said...

I'm just getting my garden going here and a dill plant is definitely on the list! I hope that pinching it back makes it lush and lovely like yours and not too long and gangly.

Rosemary said...

I simply love Dill weed on my cucumber sandwiches! Such a 'fresh' flavor!