Common Fennel Seeds
Info: Common fennel is an ancient medicinal herb and spice plant and a must in every herb garden. With its green, feathery leaves and the yellow flower heads it is an attractive eyecatcher in the herb garden. Fennel has a sweet aroma and an aniseed flavour. Use the fresh leaves in fish dishes, sauces and stuffings and in flavoured butters and salad dressings.
Fennel tea from the squashed seeds helps against bloating, digestion problems, diarrhea and infant colics and has a soothing effect.
Sowing & cultivation: Sow outdoors from April to August in a well-drained, sheltered but sunny position. Seedlings do not transplant well, so it is better to sow directly 25 to 30cm apart and then thin them out as necessary. If fennel is being grown exclusively for its foliage, remove flower heads to promote bushier growth. Fennel can be grown as an annual, although the established roots will overwinter easily. If allowed, the plant will self-sow generously.
|Botanical name||Foeniculum vulgare|
|Sowing||from April outdoors|
|Location||Sunny, well drained, limy soil|