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Nematode July 13, 2015 09:32 PM

Dill ahead of cukes.
Dill is way ahead of cukes, I like to make pickles.
Dill is flowering and cukes are just setting.
What would be the best approach to make sure I have dill and cukes available at the same time?


whistech July 13, 2015 10:33 PM

Here's what I do. I have 1/2 glass ball jars and I cut dill (I use the leaves-fern from the plants and fill the jar as full as it will go with dill. Next, I pour 5% acidity vinegar in the jar to fill the jar with-in about 1/2 inch from the top. I screw a lid and band on the jar leave it setting on the cabinet until I have cucumbers to pickle. This may not be an approved method, but that is what I do. I have never had any problems. When you start making pickles, some the dill and the vinegar in the jar to make your pickles and then refill the jar with vinegar.

Mike723 July 13, 2015 10:37 PM

Not sure as I haven't grown dill, but just be cautious not to plant it too closely to the maters as mature dill will inhibit their growth..

shelleybean July 14, 2015 06:46 AM

The problem is the dill likes cooler weather and the cucumbers like hotter weather. I grow a round of dill in the spring and usually another in the fall. The cucumbers are right in between. When I finally get enough cucumbers to make a batch of pickles, my spring dill is about done and I have to buy it if I want a large quantity. I use my own spring and fall grown dill in potato and egg dishes and lots of salads.

Nematode July 14, 2015 07:49 AM

Thanks for the replies.
I use the foliage whenever, but am unsure of when to use the heads, any insight on this?

Marcus1 July 14, 2015 08:12 AM

Some of my customers freeze the dill when it is to early for pickles. I pick the heads when they are at the green seed stage, when the seeds are forming but before they start to dry.
Good luck

Nematode August 7, 2015 10:54 AM

The cukes caught up just fine.
I forgot how fast they grow once it gets hot.

GardeningCook August 7, 2015 10:03 PM

With Dill (& Cilantro), I try to do succession sowings every two weeks - three small beds each. This way I always have some at some stage of development for harvest.

Durgan August 8, 2015 05:39 AM

I simple use the dry seeds. In other word use the dill at any stage of growth. As to still having reasonable flavour using this method, I don't know since I make few pickles. My dill grows throughout the garden and when juicing I simple cut some seed tops and put into the cooking pot.

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