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Fennel leaves look great and its bulb tastes fantastic, if you are into aniseeds-like flavours. Here is how you grow this vegetable.
If you love the taste of aniseed, then fennel is the best plant you can get. This wonderful plant looks great and tastes fantastic, and if you have no room in the veggie patch, you can easily grow fennel amongst your ornamental borders.
How to plant fennel
For the best results, plant fennel in a warm and sunny spot where the soil has been enriched with organic material such as compost or well rotted manure. Fennel doesn’t like its roots disturbed, so sowing seeds 1.5mm deep and 30cm apart during May and early June in-situ is best. When choosing a fennel variety it’s also important to find a bolt-resistant cultivar, ensuring that you get maximum harvests instead of lots of flowers.
How to care for fennel
Throughout the growing season, keep your fennel plants moist and weed-free. As bulbs begin to appear and swell above the surface, mound up soil around them so that the bulbs can continue growing and aren’t affected by frosts. At this time, also start feeding fennel plants with a high potassium fertiliser every two weeks to encourage vibrant growth.
How to harvest fennel
If you want fennel bulbs, begin to lift harvests when bulbs are between 7cm and 10cm across. Alternatively, slice bulbs off at ground level 20 days after covering them with soil to encourage succulent and tender salad leaves.