Re: [gardeners] bulbing fennel

George Shirley (
Wed, 11 Jun 2003 14:09:34 -0500

We've had it reseed and grow bulbs in the spring but they fade quick in 
our summer heat. Miz Anne likes to leave at least one to go to flower 
for the butterflies to have a place to lay eggs. I've eaten enough 
Finocchio Fennel to last me, how much licorice tasting plant can one 
eat? <VBG>

This year we have parsley and carrots going to bloom and seed for the 
butterflies and we've only seen about 3 butterflies so far.

Was doing a little weeding and clearing of some more oregano yesterday 
evening and tried to weed a big fat toad. Toss up as to who was the most 
frightened. Ever see a toad fly? Boy, this one did when I grabbed him. 
Thankfully he wasn't hurt and I put him back in the oregano bed to 
continue his job.


Margaret Lauterbach wrote:
> I've tried to grow bulbing fennel numerous times.  Last year some went 
> to seed, obviously, and I have volunteer seedlings in three garden beds 
> and in the pathways.  Guess what?  They're forming bulbs.  Therefore, 
> shouldn't this crop be planted in fall for the next summer's harvest?  
> Planting (even transplanting seedlings) in spring never has produced 
> bulbs for me.  TIA, Margaret L