In this guide, let’s discuss helpful tips on growing Fennel in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Growing even a a pot or two of vegetables that you can then eat can save you a truckloads of money. Home grown veggies are valuable, especially when compared to the price of organic vegetables in the shops.
When should you plant Fennel?
The best months to plant Fennel in Perth are Sep-Oct. You can plant using Seed, ideally when the soil temperature is around 10-20 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Seed
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 10-20c
Can Fennel grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Fennel in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Fennel indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Fennel get?
You will discover that Fennel thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Fennel isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
How often should you water Fennel?
Fennel really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
When can you harvest?
Being a Annual vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Fennel crop is around Jan-Mar. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Fennel in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Fennel in rows. You’ll need to allow around 50 centimetres between rows, and 50 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 50 cm
Space between seedlings: 50 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Fennel seeds for up to 3 years, and use them to grow more next season?
A garden is a friend you can visit any time.
Enjoy delicious Fennel in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Fennel in your own backyard.
There is nothing more soul soothing than planting seeds and tending your vegetables; watching them sprout and grow and then eventually cooking and consuming them.
All the best in growing your own! Good luck.