A long-cherished favorite in European bistro cuisine, Fennel is best raised as a seedling in a well-ventilated, well-lit spot and transplanted into a sunny, well-draining spot in the garden after the last frost date (with as little root disturbance as possible). Harvest is a snap~when the "bulb" is 3" to 5" high, cut it off at the base; it may even resprout. Its "bulb" (not really a bulb at all but composite, thickened stalks) and its foliage are readily incorporated into a myriad of crisp-raw salads, crudities, Potato mashes, soups, pasta dishes and savory gratins paired with ham and Potatoes
. We adore it in Creamy Corn and Fennel
, Ina Garten's Potato-Fennel Gratin
(the best Potato dish ever) and in our Roasted Vegetable Mélange
. Deer resistant. Average seed life: 2 years.