Dear Forum Members,
I dug up what I believed to be fennel on Friday, only to be disappointed when what came up were not lovely plump white juicy fennel bulbs fit for a salad, but straggly roots on one and basically nothing on the other (although the latter might be explained by getting too close with the spade).
The foliage most certainly does smell very strongly of aniseed so I really do think that it is fennel. I just looked a wally in front of the neighbours when I was excitedly digging it up only to pull up these miserable offerings.
Can any of you shed any light as to what went wrong? You will see from my profile that we haven't been living here long and that I had little to do with the cultivation of the plant originally. I have attached two photos.
The Grateful Deadhead