- In early September, start preparing the soil of your raised bed or plot by pulling up weeds and any dead old plants.
- Give it a dig over and break up any big clumps of soil and remove stones. (If your soil is heavy or sticky clay, go here)
- Mix in sheep manure or compost mix to give the soil a boost in nutrients.
Planting the Seed
- In later September, create a shallow trench, 3cm deep
- Place 3 seeds together every 20cm apart along the trench, giving 30cm between rows.
- Water seeds morning and night every day for 10 days. After that, water just to keep the soil moist or daily during dry spells.
- Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days
- Fennel can grow up to 50cm high so choose a spot with plenty of space and lots of sunshine!
- Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
- Once the fennel is 10cm tall, thin the rows and leave the strongest seedling at each position.
- Fennel bulbs can be harvested at any size, with the smallest being most tender.