Top performers include Carrots Paris Atlas and Amsterdam Forcing 3, Lettuce Barcelona, Tomato Roma and Florence Fennel
Other seeds being sown now - hollyhocks, sweet williams, wallflowers and vegetables such as Chinese greens and Florence fennel
- don't suffer from thermodormancy and will emerge quickly.
ON THE MENU In the conservatory restaurant - kitted out with a delightful mish-mash of furniture and cutlery - pork dishes like saddleback crackling piggy bits ([euro]5) and roast Purbeck Pork Chop ([euro]23) were a given, but I loved my Lyme Bay plaice ([euro]19) with Florence fennel
plucked from the hotel's kitchen garden.
The other kind of fennel--which also has ferny tops, only shorter--is known as Florence fennel
, bulb fennel, cultivated fennel or sweet fennel.
Carrots and parsnips are the well-known roots in this family, along with the vegetables celery and Florence fennel
, and herbs and spices such as parsley, dill, fennel, lovage, cumin, coriander, chervil, caraway, anise and asafoetida.
Sowing date, plant density and crowing cutting on yield and quality of Florence fennel
You can call it Florence fennel
, you can call it sweet anise, you can even call it finocchio; however you name it, spring is the time to enjoy fennel.
Beetroot, spinach, Florence fennel
, Kale 'Cavolo Nero', an old variety, watercress and 'Banana' shallots, a seed-sown variety producing a single large bulb with a strong flavour, all fared well, producing harvests which were much more economical than buying from supermarkets.