Soil Preparation 

  • 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


More Tips

  • 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.