fennel


fennel


This herb is native to the Mediterranean region but grown all over the world today. The stalk looks like celery and is often consumed as vegetables, while the leaves and seeds are used to flavour foods. Plant in well drained soil after danger of frost has passed.

Fennel requires full sun and does not like to remain wet. Water deeply once established and let it dry out between waterings. Do not plant in rich amended soil or over fertilize or this plant will lose a lot of its aromatic oils and taste if well fed. Pick a permanent place in the garden, as the plant self-sows for future crops.

Plant seeds 2” deep in rows that are 20” apart. When the fennel seedlings appear, thin to 18” apart.
When the fennel seedlings appear, thin to 18” apart. Or, you can take root cuttings by lifting mature plants in the spring, take the cuttings, and replant.

Fennel can reach up to 5 feet tall and you may need to stake it in the beginning until established. Some of the benefits of eating Fennel are Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Folate, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin C. Late August is the time to harvest seeds from this plant and make sure they are throughly dry prior to storing.