Growing green fennel herb…
In a summer of mild horticultural discontent for this kitchen gardener my fennel plants have been a true salvation-thus far!! I say that because last year I predicted a good harvest of plump seeds from my plants only to find them wither and die long before the seed heads had developed.
Not so, it would seem this year. Standing quite graciously at some seven feet tall the heads are developing nicely and, green digits crossed they will produce enough seeds to keep me going through the winter.
I tend to bang on about fresh fennel seeds but I make no apology, anyone who has crushed a freshly dried pod will understand. Anything shop bought thereafter will be a disapointment I guarantee it.
What I have done is quite simply let them grow, I shall cut the plants back later in the year but all season they have been left to grow and cover a section of trellice and act as a background for the rest of the herb garden. There is something quite regal about fennel plants; in winter when the morning dew lays upon them they really do look very special indeed.