|Flat-headed umbrellas of yellow seed heads grow with nasturtiums in the potager.|
|Cheery and colorful nasturtiums make wonderful dill companions , complementing and enhancing the beauty of both.|
|Notice how its flower heads (upper right) literally float over the garden.|
#2 It is lovely in the garden and attracts a bevy of pollinators, equally as beautiful. Notice how it hovers over the boxwood and other companion spring edibles like lettuce and radishes (above), not unlike the butterflies themselves. I always save some stalks from harvest for the caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail, papilio polyxenes (here),
unbelievably striking and fantastic in their own right.
|Delicate, thread-like dill foliage|
One can pinch it back of course to keep it bushy and the delicate fronds coming in abundance, but I am always so anxious to see its beautiful flowers and seed heads that I rarely do so. For a wide variety of dill seed, like Dukat, Fernleaf, and Bouquet, go to Johnny's Select Seed (here) Its delicacy and gentle growing habit lends a certain grace note to the garden that few other plants, edible or no, do. Absolutely magical when it moves and sways in a gentle wind.
|Need I say more?|
|Fern leaf dill and swiss chard make for a wonderful textural contrast of foliage and growing habit.|
(I always let some of them go to seed to have a potential second coming in the fall). And of course, young and old gardeners alike find the stalks entertaining to watch for incoming caterpillars. In fact, in my experience, dill attracts children almost as effectively as caterpillars. I recall telling a little visitor to my garden that dill 'is the dill in dill pickles' to which she responded with an enthusiastic "Really?!?" Who knew that would be so very interesting to a six year old?
|Fuzzy, blue green foliage and yellow blooms marry nicely with daisies in a summer fresh bouquet.|
|Fill your kitchen with the scent of summertime|
#5 Lastly, but certainly not leastly...it is invaluable in the kitchen. Whether for those dill pickles, warm dill potato salad, grilled fish....well. Use it fresh or dried. Drying dill is simple. I just spread the feathery fronds on cookie sheets and set out in the hot sun to dry. On a hot Oklahoma day, this takes not time at all. Simply crush the dried stems and store in a dry location until ready to use. I could go on and on, but I won't.
|Dill's culinary value is immense|