Herb Fennel. Fennel may be grown as a herb for its attractive ferny foliage or as a vegetable for its swollen base and stem. With a delicate aniseed flavour the foliage of this hardy perennial makes a tasty addition to salads or as an attractive garnish. With a multitude of uses, fennel can even be used as a compress for softening rough chapped hands, or for treating numerous ailments.
Height: 180cm (71″). Spread: 45cm (18″).
March – May
August – October
How to sow
Direct sow fennels seeds outdoors from March to July into well prepared soil in full sun when temperatures reach around 13-18C (55-64F). Sow seeds thinly into drills 1cm (½”) deep and 38cm (15″) apart. When fennel seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 30cm (12″) apart. Make regular sowings for a successional harvest.
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