Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 68

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
*Please link back to Maple Hill 101.*

This weekend on The Hill, we planted dill.
Here's what we used to get the job done.
The seeds in the jar were harvested from last season's crop.

We filled 30 small pots with Lynn's marvelous mixture.
Dill is one of the necessary ingredients in the Pickled Okra recipe
and is sold at the farmer's market as well.

A generous sprinkling of the dill seed was added to the pots.

Here's Lynn's twist on things.
We used a paintbrush to coax the seeds into the moist soil.
These seeds need very little coverage, 
and this gives them the best start.

Not all the seeds get incorporated,
but that's not a problem.
The pot to the left has been brushed, the one on the right has not.
Once they are watered in, germination will quickly take place.

The seeded pots are placed in a sunny spot in the garden.

 In a matter of days, we expect these to start popping up.
  Crops grow up to 6 feet tall, so give them space in the garden.  
They will furnish an abundance of usable leaves for dressings, pickling, salads and sauces.

When they go to seed at summer's end,
you will be provided with a burst of yellow buds.
They remind me of a fireworks show!

dried dill
Let them dry on the stem and then they are ready for harvest.


Back on my homestead, 
we grow dill to provide food for black swallowtail caterpillars.
See the tiny yellow eggs?

It is one of the host plants for this species.

Whatever reason suits you, try growing this effortless and generous plant.

I'd love to hear what's happening where you are!
HOP to it!