The herb fennel, which can grow 8 feet tall under ideal conditions, is easy to harvest with a simple snip.  It can also be grown in containers. I harvested my massive fennel plant the other day and dried it for a delicious infusion through the winter.

I simply snipped the feathery leaves and laid them on a cookie sheet.

I put them in the oven on a 60° and left the door ajar for 4 hours.  Then I ground it up finely into powder.

To help to keep the colour, you can put some waxed paper on the tray to stop it from reacting with the metal and losing the colour.

Fennel is well-known for its healing properties.

Rich in phytoestrogens, Fennel is often used for:

colic, wind, irritable bowel, heartburn and reducing appetite,

kidneys and increasing urine flow and treating water retention,



lungs, respiratory congestion and asthma

breast enlargement, promoting amenhorrea, menstruation and milk flow

heart, lowering blood pressure and angina

mind, anxiety and depression.

Companion Planting

Grow fennel away from other plants, it can make them bolt or even kill them. There is a saying that fennel has no friends.


Mom of 3, keeper of mad collies and chickens, in search of lost perennial veg and into all thing permaculture. Writer, thinker and blogger. Maker of WordPress websites and internet geek.

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