My Dill was looking awesome, taller than my new pear tree, part of a swale planting:
When all of a sudden it started wilting:
On closer inspection it looks like it was girdled by something.
I've seen a chipmonk in the area but could be a mouse or something.
I had a tough time deciding which forum to post this too! Forest Garden? Nibblers? Plants?
I can't tell if this has anything to do with the slash I put around all the plants to protect them from the chickens scratching. The slash could be good hiding for little nibblers. I may have lost a peach tree to the same nibbler but to lose dill plants that way seems really odd to me.
Anyway, I was trying to figure out what I could do with these big wilted dill plants and I wondered if there was such a thing as dill pesto ... and there is (see this could've gone in the cooking forum)
Here it is:
Dill Pesto 1 1/2 cups packed dill leaves
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
2 tbsp pine nuts
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp Parmesan
Don't add the Parmesan if freezing. I found I needed more olive oil but that could be because the dill had already lost a good chunk of moisture. I also added some salt.
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Already wilted dill is fine for drying, if you have a way to dry things there. Dried dill is perfectly falvorful until suddenly after several months or a year it loses its flavor and becomes totally unusable. I don't know if keeping the dried dill in the fridge or freezer would prolong its useful life.
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I have that same kind of thing happening with my potatoes, and I am pretty sure chipmunks and/or voles are the culprits in my case. I also suspect that had I hilled up with dirt not mulch, I might not have had this problem, or at least not as bad...
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