Fennel

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Fennel #7

Fennel #7 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that fennel is featured in many Italian dishes? While leaves add flavor to soups and casseroles, dried fronds are a wonderful seasoning for fish and the bulb has many uses in creative cuisine.

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Fennel #6

Fennel #6 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that fennel grows best in full sun? Once the bulb begins to form, you should “hill” the soil over the bulb – this keeps the color more white and sweet – provided your intent is to eat the bulb and not just use the fronds or seeds for flavoring. The bulb should be ~3+” before you harvest it.

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Fennel #5

Fennel #5 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that fennel can grow four or five feet tall? You may need to stake your plants as they will need support as the bulb or base matures.

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Fennel #4

Fennel #4 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that fertilizing fennel may negatively impact its flavor? Like other herbs, fennel enjoys drier, well-draining soil (and it has a taproot like Dill) and needs just enough moisture to get going.

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Fennel #3

Fennel #3 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that, while fennel is often viewed as a flavor enhancer (soups, sauces, sausage, etc.) the bulb itself can be used in many savory ways? From sliced and sautéed (like onions) to baked with cheese/seasonings and served hot (like an au gratin), this versatile herb can be a staple of your kitchen.

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Fennel #2

Fennel #2 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that Fennel has a prominent place in folklore? At various times in history is has been credited with improving eyesight, stopping hiccups, assisting with weight loss, and acting as an aphrodisiac.

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Fennel #1

Fennel #1 1280 960 Eco Garden Systems

Did you know that Fennel is a perennial (meaning it grows every year)? This herb provides an interesting anise flavor to soups, sauces and salads.

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