Delicious Dill.

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first_imgThe seeds are the best way to use dill in dishes that require cooking over a long time.Of course, dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers as well as green beans,carrots and beets.Grows Well in GardensDill plants are annuals. They die each year, but their seeds can overwinter in the soilto pop up the following year. Dill grows well in gardens throughout the United States andsouthern Canada (zones 3-10).Properly sited and planted, dill grows so fast that some of its foliage is matureenough to be harvested in only eight weeks.Plan to sow several crops in succession, three weeks apart, to assure a supply over thegrowing season. Dill does best in full sun, with a bit of afternoon shade in Georgia.It’s fairly tolerant of poor soil. Still, it prefers a sandy or loamy soil that drainswell. It’s a light feeder, so you don’t need extra fertilizer in a reasonably fertilesoil.Plant Seeds ShallowTo sow seeds directly into the garden in rows, make a line in the soil one-fourth toone-half inch deep. Then dribble the tiny seeds into the indented rows. Firm the soil overthe rows of seeds and water softly. Expect to see sprouts in 10 to 14 days.To plant homegrown or commercial seedlings, choose an overcast day or wait until lateafternoon. Shield new transplants from bright sun the first day or two while they copewith the shock of transplanting.Space the plants 8 to 10 inches apart if you’ll harvest leaves, or 10 to 12 inchesapart if harvesting seed. Take great pains to avoid disturbing the taproot.Depending on the variety, these fast-growing dill plants will grow to maturity and setseed in about 60 days.Mulch ImportantIn thin, poor and unmulched soil, dill needs watering a couple of times a week when itdoesn’t rain. Drip or porous-hose watering is better for dill than overhead sprinklers.Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the plants when they’re about 6 inchestall. This will discourage weeds and help keep the soil moist. Add more mulch as itdecomposes in the summer heat.Dill is typically a disappearing target for pests. Its fast growth and quick harvestallow little time for aphids and others to establish a presence.Occasionally, parsleyworms or tomato hornworms attack its foliage. Handpick parsleywormand transfer it to another favorite, Queen Anne’s lace, so it can survive to become abutterfly.Handpick hornworms and drop them into a plastic bag to discard in the trash. Dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers and other vegetables. But its leaves and seeds have many culinary uses. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a delightful herb with many culinary uses. It’svalued both for its flavorful foliage and for its pungent seeds.Fresh or dried, dill leaves add a distinctive flavor to salads, fish, vegetablecasseroles and soups. Used whole or ground, dill seeds add zest to breads, cheeses andsalad dressings.The seeds are dark brown, narrow, ribbed and flattened. About one-sixth of an inchlong, their pungent flavor is similar to caraway seeds, which are cousins. Dill Beautiful, Too Get the Best Flavorcenter_img More Information Photo: Hugh Wilson, Texas A&Mlast_img read more

Lakers pull out ugly win over Pistons for fifth straight victory

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives past Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, dunks as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James throws powder in the air as teammates, right, take a picture prior to an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond grapple for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway, below, passes the ball from the floor as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, upper left, reaches for it and center Dwight Howard looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives past Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives past Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In a league where the post-up is fading out of fashion, Dwight Howard guarding Andre Drummond in the post provided a momentary jolt in a game that often trudged along.Drummond tried to bait Howard into a shot fake, but the 34-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year held steady. When Drummond finally put a shot up, Howard smacked it to next week, wagging a finger at the Lakers bench before coaches coaxed him to run back onto the fast break.One of a whopping 20 blocks for the Lakers on Sunday night — the most any NBA team has had in almost 19 years — Howard’s timing was perfect. But Anthony Davis had some thoughts on the celebration, even though he mimed it back to him from the bench.“I told him, he has to be a little more original,” Davis quipped. “he has to come up with his own thing.” LeBron James did much of what he usually does, starting out with zip to an eventual 21-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist stat line that powered the Lakers past another inferior opponent. While he didn’t get the whistles he wanted — a recurring phenomenon these days — he still powered his way into the paint nonetheless on a night when the Lakers’ 3-point ball (6 for 20) was nearly nonexistent for the final three quarters.He was crucial in the 15-0 run to start the fourth that lit a fire under a team that has recently struggled to four impressive quarters together. So was Alex Caruso, making a return after missing Friday’s game: He hit an and-one lay-up high off the glass, then came back for a two-handed dunk on the fast break.He later credited his white headband, which he wore in Saturday’s practice as a gag then decided to keep for tip-off.“New stylist, JaVale McGee: He’s been helping me out,” Caruso said. “Not a one time thing. We’re going to stay with it.”McGee had some of the most athletic blocks of the evening, flexing for the crowd after rejecting Derrick Rose — even as the section ahead of him shouted for him to run back in transition.The odds were evened in part by free throw opportunities: The Pistons had a wild 35 attempts from the line to the Lakers’ 23, and they were brutally efficient hitting 30 of them. A whopping 65 points from the Detroit bench was highlighted by performances from Derrick Rose (28 points), Langston Galloway (13 points) and former Laker Svi Mykhailiuk (14 points).With Blake Griffin sidelined, the Lakers succeeded in limiting Drummond’s easy looks — the former All-Star was just 2 for 13 from the field.The Lakers made up for losing Avery Bradley at the end of the second quarter. The starting guard did not return after spraining his right ankle on a transition opportunity. Vogel later said that he hoped to return to the game but was still limping.There are many ways to win a basketball game. Only a team as big as the Lakers can win it like this.“I enjoy it because it gives our team a stop and allows us to get another possession in transition,” Davis said. “So anytime I’m able to block a shot, I think it kind of uplifts our team. Not just me, but anyone. I think our bench gets hyped when one of our teammates do something special.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere would have to be a lot of brainstorming to come up with more unique celebrations for each of the rejections the Lakers (29-7) came up with in a 106-99 win over the Detroit Pistons (13-24), the fifth straight win for a team that’s reeking of midseason doldrums.After a start that felt like they simply might roll over their injury-bedraggled visitors, the Lakers settled into a mudfight at Staples Center. A lopsided 19-32 third quarter put them behind starting the fourth and threatened their run of perfection against sub-.500 teams.It was a game that called for more brute force than finesse, and Davis, Howard and JaVale McGee each delivered, setting personal season highs in blocks while holding the Pistons to just 32 points in the paint. After giving up 68 in the paint to the Pelicans on Friday, it was a point that Frank Vogel hammered home in the weekend film session.“We want to be dominating defensively, and we have the ability to be dominant in particular in the paint,” he said. “So to me, that was the message yesterday. There’s no reason to give up 68 points in the paint with the team that we have if we really commit. And those guys did. They dominated the paint tonight.”The initial tone-setter was McGee (six blocks), who had two swats within the first two minutes of the game. Davis (24 points) caught on quickly, tagging spot starter Christian Wood and piling up six of his eight rejections in the first half. That powered a 15-2 start, which made it seem that the Lakers might cruise against a Blake Griffin-less Pistons squad, but a superpowered bench led by Derrick Rose (28 points) punched back.last_img read more