Fennel

*  Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the celery family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae. It is the sole species in the genus Foeniculum.[1] It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.

It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.

 

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*** While fennel adds a lovely piquancy to food when used in the kitchen, in the compost pile it is no less dynamic. Besides lots of potassium,  is also a good source of copper. This trace element helps plants reproduce, so getting some into your compost will help increase the productivity of your garden.

 

Source:

*  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennel

***  https://www.openpermaculture.com/magazine/best-herbs-composting

Additional resources:

A vegan recipe for pesto:  http://www.tiltedskillet.com/blog/2010/06/fennel-fronds-no-longer-destined-for-the-compost-bin-make-pesto.html

 

Open Invitation to Harvest Fennel at Spring Ridge Commons:

Please help yourself to lush green fennel growing wild all over Spring Ridge Commons –   Take as much as you like (no restrictions) and encourage others to harvest it as well – the whole plant is edible so if you want to dig the whole plant out. – this is even better.

Fennel fronds can be used as a garnish (so if you know of a restaurant that could use it, let them know or pick it for them) or you can pick a lot of fennel frounds and try out this vegan recipe for pesto:  http://www.tiltedskillet.com/…/fennel-fronds-no-longer-dest…. Fennel is also a great addition to your compost pile adding lots of potassium and is a good source of copper. This trace element helps plants reproduce, so getting some into your compost will help increase the productivity of your garden.

The picture taken (see below) last Spring is fennel growing wild and very tall at Spring Ridge Commons. With sight lines into the Commons being very important, any fennel remaining is destined to be cut down and hopefully eradicated at Spring Ridge Commons. Fennel is now on the Invasive Species List because it is so invasive and is known to be allelopathic to most garden plants, inhibiting growth, causing to bolt, or actually killing many plants.

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Spring Ridge Commons is located in the neighbourhood of Fernwood at the corner of Chambers Street and Gladstone Ave in Victoria, BC

 

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