Last July, I had a space in my garden and wondered what to put in it. So after a bit of research and a trip to the garden centre, I decided on florence fennel. I had discovered the stuff when I was pregnant: there was a sachet of fennel tea in the pack given at my booking-in appointment with the doctor. These packs are basically to advertise products but the tea made a refreshing change, especially as I was in the throes of all day morning sickness and couldn’t palate much else.
Anyway, I subsequently came across florence fennel, bulbs as well as ferns at one of the organic farms I occasionally pass. Still not sure what to do with the bulb but I didn’t get the chance to experiment with last year’s crop. The seedlings weren’t thinned out enough so the bulbs didn’t mature sufficiently.
Never mind, the tea I’ve made with the ferns is great – different from the shop-bought variety. And there was greenery in the garden all winter. The plants just kept producing…. And growing… And now they have flowered.
So, though the plants need to come out to make way for something else, I am going to wait for the seeds. In my first year of gardening, I replanted seeds from the herb but this time I will store them to be eaten in the dark winter months.
© Helen Butt, July 2014