Gardening Questions And Answers
Herb fennel is closely related to the vegetable Florence fennel. However, the herb is grown as a perennial, making a long-lived plant with aromatic, feathery leaves and tall heads of yellow flowers in early summer. The flowers are attractive to a range of beneficial insects, as well as to flower arrangers.
The fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient content in fennel, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. Fennel contains significant amounts of fiber. Fiber decreases the risk of heart disease as it helps reduce the total amount of cholesterol in the blood.
Florence fennel Keep the soil moist by watering regularly particularly during hot, dry periods in summer. Feed every two to three weeks in summer with a high potash plant food. Keep the soil around plants weed free and earth up around the bulbs during the growing period to make them sweet and white.
Deer usually also avoid root vegetables (which require digging) and prickly vegetables such as cucumbers and squashes with hairy leaves. Cultivars with strong odors such as onions, garlic and fennel are not palatable to deer. Hungry deer are unpredictable and at times may eat even the most “deer-resistant” fare.
Should I Begin Growing Fennel Indoors? If you want to continue keeping your fennel plants indoors permanently, you can begin growing it indoors. However, fennel isn’t easy to transplant, so if you are looking to eventually plant it in your garden, it’s best to sow fennel seeds into your garden from the start.