Herbs

Fernleaf

Unlike taller varieties, this plant doesn't need staking and won't fall over.

The perfect patio container dill! Unlike taller, "floppy" varieties, these dwarf, compact plants do not need staking and won't topple over. It is a later-flowering plant with lush, dark green leaves that looks great all season long. Fernleaf makes a terrific seasoning with fish and vegetable dishes. You can use it fresh, frozen and dried to enjoy the taste al year long. If you're growing cabbage, onions or lettuce, be sure to plant Fernleaf, too - it's a great companion plant!

Spacing: 8-12in (20-30cm)

Height: 12-15in (30-38cm)

Exposure: Full Sun - 6+ hours direct sun

• Choose a sunny location (6+ hours of sun) and dig a hole about two times as wide as your pot.

• Remove your plant from the pot by loosening the soil and tipping it out into your hand. Place your plant in the soil about as deep as it was in the pot.

• Refill the space around your plant with soil and press lightly to compact the dirt, keeping your plant firmly in the ground.

• Water immediately to settle the soil, and add more soil as needed, bringing it level to the rest of your garden.

Water as needed all season to keep soil evenly moist, keeping your eye out for the first sign of wilt. Wilting is a sure sign that your dill needs water. Feed with a vegetable fertilizer to ensure your bountiful harvest.
Fresh dill is best, as it has the most flavor, but it can be used dried as well. Harvest plant stems and "shave" the fronds for chopping and adding to dishes such as soups, fish and vegetables.
Dill gets its name from Old English dile meaning "to soothe or lull". The plant has been used medicinally to relieve gas and indigestion.