A vegetable plant to grave any plot. Tall stems with feathery green foliage. Unlike the fennel in the herb selection which are grown for the leaf alone, the Florence Fennel is grown for the bulbous swollen plant base. Used chopped raw in salads and braised as a vegetable or added to a casserole. Sow the seeds in the growing site from April onwards. Cover early sowings with cloches, in rows 30cm apart, thin the seedlings to 30cm apart as soon as possible. Fennel dislikes root disturbance and needs plenty of moisture during the growing season. First crops should be ready after about 14-16 weeks.