How to Grow:
Fennel is planted indoors 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and outdoors after your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.
Fennel seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 4 per square foot, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Fennel seeds will sprout in approximately 7-14 days. Provide consistent moisture.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.
Fennel is a great attractant of pollinators, but hinders growth of many plants.
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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for onions:
Fennel is ready to harvest within 60-90 days. The bulbs will be ready to harvest when they reach approximately tennis ball sized. Simply cut the base straight across with a knife and bring inside to enjoy!
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