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Friday Favorite: Success

July 1st, 2016

I’ve been growing bulb fennel for years, but I’ve always had trouble with bolting. It can be a picky crop, there are lots of things it doesn’t like, root disruption, cold weather, hot weather, lean soil, etc. I finally decided to try a few hybrid varieties, this year I tried ‘Preludio’ from Johnny’s Seed and it’s FANTASTIC!
Preludio Fennel 2
Preludio Fennel 1
I have eight bulbs in the garden that will be ready to harvest in the next week or two and three more succession plantings of them for the summer and fall. I’m really looking forward to fennel salad with lemon and parmesan. Fennel is an expensive vegetable to buy, I’m always looking to grow what costs me the most at the store.

What plant/vegetable took a few tries for you to achieve success with?

4 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Success”
  1. MC on July 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Still working on some vegetables, like winter squashes and Brussels sprouts (insects set up a buffet line), but definitely tomatoes. I am grateful for every one I get!

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  2. joan on July 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    My fennel is no where near that big, but it is a crop that I really love!

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    • MC on July 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Me, too. I gave up on fennel this year because it does so poorly, but I will try this variety next year!

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  3. PennyAshevilleNC on July 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I have not had success with fennel YET- I intend to keep trying :) This year the hollyhocks I planted are actually working so that is my success story. I had a minor groundhog issue, but we trapped him and released in the woods…. it was me or him! :))

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