Dill questions

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  1. AAnightowl

    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I have never grown dill before, but decided to try it this year. It is supposed to grow well with tomatoes and asparagus. My asparagus grows near an old black walnut stump and seems happy enough. However, will the dill grow there and do well?

    The tomatoes I grow elsewhere in my garden because the black walnut will kill them.

    I have one dill plant, and some dill seeds. The seeds claim they are fine for containers.

    How big does dill get? I tried looking up online if the dill can tolerate black walnut or not, but the search engine kept bringing up "daffodils" instead.
     
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    If you Google and put in The Herb Dill and you can read it on wickipedia it doesn't say anything about black walnut but needs a sunny place.
     
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    Do not plant anything close to a black walnut !
     
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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    Anightowl, black walnuts contain juglone, which is toxic to many plants. Follow Mart's advice and don't plant anything near a black walnut tree.
    Your dill is best as a container plant. We planted it out in the garden, and next year had so much dill that it wasn't funny! Dill doesn't get tall, it just makes a wide plant with an umbrella top that sets seeds to take over your garden next year. After removing a lot of dill from the gardens, we now have dill now in containers.
     
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    Interesting, @marlingardener I've had trouble growing dill successfully. It bolts quickly & that's it.
     
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    Dill is a quick growing annual and tends to self seed quite well. Do not let it cross with cilantro. I plant dill near my cukes usually. Dill is generally easy to grow.
     
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    My black walnut trees have lots of things growing around them. Not all plants are sensitive to juglone. I have tree rose of sharon bushes, daylilies, irises, asparagus, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, wild black raspberries, Dame's rockets, etc that thrive around black walnut trees.
    The black walnut stump has killed tomato plants, blueberry bushes, rhubarb, and tame raspberries that I can think of. Another black walnut that I did not know was there killed an apple tree :( .
    That stump has been down since 2008. Apparently, it takes a long time for juglone to go away.
    There are lists of plants that will grow around black walnut trees, and lists of plants that won't. Dill is not on either lists. However, the day lilies and garlic/onions are on the list that says not to plant near black walnut trees, and they do just fine here. I may plant a few dill seeds with the asparagus as an experiment and see if they do okay.
     
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    AAnightowl, your post was interesting.
     
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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    AAnightowl, your post about trying dill with the asparagus reminded me of a "dill incident" a couple of years ago. A lady stopped by and asked if she could buy some dill. I told her I'd happily give her some, and shall we go out and she could tell me how much she wanted. We headed toward the gardens and she veered off. I asked her where she was going and she indicated the asparagus patch. One wonders why she wanted dill since she didn't even know what it looked like. Ah, this younger generation . . . .
     
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    At least she was interested in herbs... Maybe you showed her both for comparison?
     
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    Yes, I did. After we picked dill, we went back to the asparagus patch and I showed her the difference between leaves, stems, and growth habit. I sincerely hope she didn't move on to the cilantro/parsley question!
     
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    To me, parsley has the curly leaves and I like the flavor. Cilantro has flat leaves and not the same flavor or texture, and I am not fond of it. Some call both plants "parsley".
     
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    You get parsley with flat leaves too.
     
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    Cilantro seems to be an herb that you either like or don't like.
     
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