How to Plant Dill Seeds


Grow dill in your garden to have access to this versatile herb. An annual plant closely related to carrots, both the leaves and seeds of dill are used in a variety of recipes. Dill adds the signature flavor to pickles, but is also used to flavor soups, breads and dips--among other dishes. Plant dill from seed directly in the garden, as the plant does not transplant well once sown. Dill easily germinates and grows quickly, so planting a fresh crop every four weeks ensures that you have plenty to get you through the summer.

Step 1

Apply ½ tsp. of 16-16-8 fertilizer per square foot of garden bed. Work the fertilizer into the top 6 inches of the soil prior to sowing the dill seeds.

Step 2

Draw the corner of a hoe down the bed, creating a ¼-inch deep furrow. Space the furrows 2 feet apart.

Step 3

Sprinkle dill seeds in the furrow. Sow approximately one seed per every 2 to 3 inches. Cover the seeds with soil so they are planted ¼ inch deep.

Step 4

Mist the soil bed with water, moistening it to a 6-inch depth. Water as necessary to keep the soil moist (but not soggy) until the dill seeds germinate. Once plants germinate and begin growing, once a week watering is usually sufficient.

Step 5

Thin the seedlings once they germinate, approximately one to two weeks after sowing. Pluck out the extra seedlings so the dill plants are spaced approximately 10 to 12 inches apart in the row.

Tips and Warnings

  • Weeds choke out dill, especially young plants. Weed the bed regularly to prevent this.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Hoe


  • Utah State University Extension: Dill in the Garden
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Dill
Keywords: planting dill seeds, starting herb plants, growing garden dill

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