When your vegetables have offspring!
I love fennel and this year has been a particularly good year for it on plots 11 and 24. I grew two types; Rondo and Doux de Florence. They both did well, fattening up before bolting – something which I struggle with here on sandy soil but they have very different habits.
As Rondo matures, it tends to get wider and wider, becoming like its name suggests rounder. The scales (I’m not quite sure what you all each overlap of fennel) get thicker and are quite juicy when eaten raw or cooked.
Doux de Florence seems to get taller as it matures and bolted. Maybe I should have eaten this type of fennel when it was younger and smaller. The bulbs that were left all bolted at the same time which means we need to eat quite a bit of fennel NOW!
The Doux de Florence did also do one other thing. Just before they bolted, offspring appeared attached at the base of the bulbs at the sides first and then all around. I haven’t ever seen this before so when I pulled each bulb there were actually three or four fennel which could be snapped off and eaten too.
I don’t usually grow tomatoes outdoors because of blight. I grow them in the polytunnel but this year, I put four plants an a small patch of land behind the green house as I thought this would protect them a little bit. They have grown into large plants with a few tomatoes – something to do with the compost I put on the ground before planting. The best have been Sungold, probably as they are small and much more likely to ripen. I’ll repeat this next year but only with cherry type tomatoes.
What is doing well on your plot?