Grow your own: Fennel

by Natasha Starkell | 29.07.2013 | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Grow your own: Fennel

Grow your own: Fennel

Fennel, with its' aniseed flavour is an interesting vegetable. You can eat the bulb and the leaves, perfect for adding some extra flavour to a salad or other dishes.

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Fennel, with its' aniseed flavour is an interesting vegetable. You can eat the bulb and the leaves, perfect for adding some extra flavour to a salad or other dishes.

Fennel needs some good hot weather to grow well, so sow your seeds in the warmest spot in your garden. It will most like moist sandy soil that's very fertile. As the bulb starts to grow and swell, pile up soil around it. Give your fennel lots of water and feed it once a fortnight with a fertiliser that's high in potassium. Watch out for slugs, they do tend to like the leaves and young shoots of fennel.

Once your fennel has got to the stage where you're piling up the earth around the bulb, it should only be a matter of about another three weeks until your fennel is ready to harvest. Don't be in a hurry to dig the plant up though, cut off the bulb at ground level and you'll find more shoots will grow. Perfect for adding to your salads. 


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