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Old July 13, 2015   #1
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Default 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?

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Old July 13, 2015   #2
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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.
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Old July 13, 2015   #3
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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..
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Old July 14, 2015   #4
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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.
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Old July 14, 2015   #5
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Thanks for the replies.
I use the foliage whenever, but am unsure of when to use the heads, any insight on this?
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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.
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The cukes caught up just fine.
I forgot how fast they grow once it gets hot.
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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.
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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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