To dill was a success
Dill is a cold-resistant culture and can withstand frosts of minus 4 degrees. Good predecessors for it are tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, potatoes, and legumes. Before planting, the soil is not calcified and ashes (ash) are not added so that the bushes do not turn red.
For landing, choose sunny places. In the shade, the plants stretch and grow pale. Likes dill fertile loose neutral soils. It grows poorly if a dense crust forms on the ground, as well as on acidic soils and when water stagnates. Seeds are sown to a depth of not more than 3 cm. Self-seeding generally occurs on the surface.
Shoots appear pretty quickly, after 2 weeks. To accelerate their appearance, the seeds are soaked for 1-2 days in water. It is sometimes recommended that before planting, rinse the seeds in hot (60 degrees) water to rinse the essential oil. For this, it is more convenient to place them in a linen bag.
Planting is thinned out, leaving a distance between plants and rows of about 15-25 cm. With a denser planting, dill grows poorly and does not provide enough greenery. Little secret: so that during thinning the plants do not fall, the seeds are sown in a harrow about 5 cm wide, sprinkled with a zigzag. And in order to regularly receive greens, sow the seeds at intervals of about 2-3 weeks. And so - until the fall.
Although dill is a drought tolerant plant, but with regular watering, the yield increases significantly. Usually it is not fertilized. But if it grows poorly, during the growing season, planting can be fertilized twice: in 10 liters of water, dilute 25 g of ammonium nitrate and potassium salt. Mullein (1: 6) can also be used as fertilizer.
However, do not get carried away with nitrogen fertilizers, since dill leaves can accumulate a large amount of nitrates. Because of this, manure is also not brought under dill.
Nitrates mainly accumulate in the roots and stems, there are twice as many here as in the leaves. Soaking the leaves in water for several hours will help reduce the nitrate content.
Dill in the garden does not get along very well next to tomatoes. At the same time, grows well near onions, cucumbers, beans, lettuce, cabbage. By the way, he repels pests from the latter, in particular the caterpillar of the bear. In addition, it was noted that the proximity of dill in the garden favorably affects the aroma of beets, onions and peas. It is also convenient to grow dill not in separate sections, but as a sealant between plants.
As for bush dill, in contrast to the usual dill, it has a more lush and powerful bush. In an ordinary one, 1-2 internodes are formed near the base, while in a cluster one, 5-6. The rosette of leaves is larger, 40-50 cm in diameter, the height of the bushes is up to 1.5 m (in greenhouses - up to 3 m). The leaves are also larger. Therefore, it should be sown more freely than usual - after 25-35 cm from one another. The distance between the rows is approximately 20-25 cm.
In addition, bush dill is mostly late ripe, so it is often grown in greenhouses or from seedlings. Unlike ordinary, during the season it is not sown, and first use the greens of plants obtained by thinning, and then little by little cut off the branches from the bush.