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How to grow DILL Spices in Uganda

Dill Plant with Flowers

Dill Plant with Flowers

Dill is a tender annual herb of the carrot family, native to Asia and Mediterranean regions.

This spice has just been adopted in the Eastern African region due to the changing style of food choices by individuals, not to mention the increased inflow of new populations from Asian continent.

Common Dill varieties in Uganda

Farmers in Uganda are currently using cultivars like Bouquent Duka, Mammoth, Fern leaf and Herkules.

Dill Soil requirements

Dill thrives best in well drained, slightly acidic soils which are rich in organic matter.

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How to propagate Dill plants

Seeds are the commonest material used during dill propagation.

When seeds are sown directly under optimum conditions they typically emerge within 10 to 14 days.

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How to plant Dill Spices

Sow dill seeds about ¼ inch deep and 18 inches apart in soil, then gently rake the seeds in to the soil.

The soil should be around (60 to 70) °F for a best result.

Dill does not grow well when transplanted, therefore you need sow your seeds fresh in the garden at the start of the planting season.

Also endeavor to shelter the plants from strong winds.

In 10 to 14 days the seeds shall germinate, wait another 10 to 14 days to thin the plants to about 12 to 18 inches apart.

Alternatively you can opt for companion planting as dill is a beneficial crop to cabbages, onions, cucumbers and corn.

Dill acts as a repellant to aphids, spiders, mites, squash bugs and cabbage loop.

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How to Harvest Dill in Africa

Dill will take 6 weeks from planting to give a ready mature plant.

Cut leaves when fresh and young as they are palatable at this stage.

To pick the seeds you can leave the plant to extend its growth until seeds start to turn brown and ripen at the end of 6 weeks.

To harvest seeds, cut stalks and hang them upside down inside a paper bag or place them on a sheet of paper until they dry and fall off.

Separate them from bits of stalk and store in air tight containers.

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Quick Tips for planting Dill

  • Rake the soil level, removing any large clods and stones.

  • Open up drills in a row which are 1-2 cm deep.

  • With a rate of 5 to 8 seeds sow dill seeds directly in to the soil.

  • Planting should follow a spacing of 30 to 38 cm between plants and 12 or 15 inches apart.

  • Gently rake the soil to cover the seeds, and firm.

  • Once planting is complete, water the seeds to provide moisture needed for germination.

  • Also hoe around the established plants to prevent weeds.

  • At a 2 inch height, thin seedlings to let them stand at 10 to 12 inches apart.

  • In 6 weeks from planting, you can start harvesting your dill.

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