I was flipping through the garden photos yesterday. (It’s good to look at greenery when you’ve been seeing a lot of white. Tom just said, as he is now going out for the daily plow, that I should start calling him Sisyphus. The stuff just keeps rolling in front of him.) I found this fennel, and it made me wonder: does anybody else NOT harvest things?
These fennel fronds were home to loads of swallowtail butterflies in our Minneapolis garden. I can’t say I saw any caterpillars here, but I did see a ton of other critters that enjoyed its seedheads. Plus, the things were just pretty: on the ferny side, and 3’+ tall… I did harvest a few young fronds for salads, but I just couldn’t bring myself to whack down a whole bulb.
So this season I am planting a lot more than just 4 plants. I do love fennel. Maybe this year I can eat it, too.