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No Dilly-Dallying with the Dill



Dill is best planted with the cucumbers, onions, and lettuces, in the Spring and Fall. Dill attracts hoverflies and predatory wasps, and its foliage is used as food by swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. I’ve recently found out that Dill repels aphids and spider mites, but also attracts tomato hornworms & cabbage worms. So I am REALLY excited about my already planted Borage will definitely help with THAT issue. I recently read about sprinkling dill leaves on the squash plants to repel squash bugs, so we just shall see about that, too.  LOL  This growing season is going to be quite educational this go ’round!


Dill is best enjoyed fresh; however, if it must be cooked, it should be added at the end of the cooking process.  (Over cooking dill, I have found, breaks down the flavor – don’t ask lol) Just snip what you need from the root ball, wash and pay dry, mince it finely with a sharp knife. Remember, when substituting fresh herbs in a recipe calling for dry, one part dry is equal to three parts fresh.

Have you wondered about all the different ways you can use your herbs?  Me too! So I am gathering notes to make a list for each herb. For  no more dilly-dallying with Dill – check this out….

  1. Herbs and Seasoning: caraway, cayenne, coriander, cumin, dijon mustard, garlic, mint, mustard, oregano, parsley, tarragon, and thyme

  2. Soups and Sauces: clam chowder, chicken soup, cream of asparagus soup, potato soup, and of course my fish soup

  3. Dairy: eggs, goat cheese, omelets, sour cream, cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, crème fraiche, and yogurt

  4. Vegetables: beets, cabbage, carrots, asparagus, cucumber, fennel, green bean, peas, potato, radishes, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes, to mention just a few

  5. Legumes and Grains: bulgur, lentils, black eyed peas, and rice

  6. Meat and Poultry: lamb, chicken, lamb, meat loaf, and especially pork chops

  7. Seafood: scallops, shrimp, cod, crab, salmon, and most whitefish

  8. Fruit and Dessert: apple, avocado,  lemon, and currants

I had to. You understand. 😀

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