Fennel Florence Seeds (Foeniculum Vulgare), Florence is the old traditional vegetable variety which is best used for later summer sowings when bolting is not normally a problem. Florence fennel has a fine sweet flavour and the fennel leaves can be used as a herb in fish dishes.
April to May
Sow fennel florence seeds directly into the vegetable plot, sowing the seeds thinly along rows about 2cm deep and 30-45cm between rows.
Fennel does not like to be transplanted, avoid root disturbance where possible. Thin seedlings as soon as large enough to handle to 25-30cm apart. Water well until plants are established. As the swollen stems of florence start to develop, gradually build earth up around them to preserve the whiteness and flavour.
Bulbs are ready for harvesting from early September to late October, the leaves can be used from July, as a herb.