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Dill is a finicky transplanting variety of plant to deal with. Learn about dill herb container gardening with help from the owner of a biodynamic nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi there, I'm Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery located in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Today I'd like to talk to you about dill container gardening. The particular thing about dill is that it's a finicky transplanting variety of plant to deal with and such you need to take your time and make sure that you are dealing in particular with the root system in a delicate manner. Because each plant comes in its individual cell, it makes it easy for you to dislodge the plant from the cell itself and carefully set it into its new pot and in this case I'm going to plant about four or five plants. The thing with transplanting most plants unless they are natives, you want to plant them at the same level as they are originally coming, not any more deeply or up so that they really continue to grow in a fashion that they are used to. You can see how easy the plants are emerging from their cells and I'm setting them down firmly. Your forefinger and your thumb are your best tools. They give you a lot of really wonderful help with getting this plant into the ground. so you want to put that energy right at the base of the plant, you are pressing down firmly but not too firmly. You want to make sure that the plant has a solid connect to the soil medium and you want to eliminate the potential for any open cavities in and around the roots that might actually cause them to rot. So when you just create a nice seamless connection to the surrounding planting medium, you're taking care using your thumb and your forefinger to firmly place those plants and you give them enough space there in the pot. You can successfully transplant these guys from one container to the other or into the garden if that's the setting that you have established for these plants. The last phase is to gently water these into their pot and allowing for the water to flow through so that the plants are well well moist in their initial watering. Subsequent waterings you're going to need to allow for the water to dissipate a little bit for the soil medium that is to dry out, slightly and then before rewatering. Of course, in a container it's probably more frequent than in a garden because it's a very limited space here, so check your pots at least once a day. You may not need to water them but maybe three to four times a week on the average and then make sure that you place this pot out somewhere where you're going to get sufficient light, five to seven hours is good, not baking heat but just good lighting. I hope you've found these tips useful in your endeavors to grow dill successfully in a container. I'm Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery. Happy gardening.

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