There is something magical about smelling liquorice in a herb garden - which is exactly what you'll smell if you grow fennel.
And that's not its only benefit of this aniseed-y species - bees love it too! Growing fennel will attract pollinators to your garden and help you create a 'buzzing' outdoor space.
How to grow fennel
Fennel does well in sunny and well-drained soil, so consider this when deciding where to plant it.
Garden Organic has a full fennel growing guide, that will tell you all you need to know about growing and looking after fennel at home.
Fennel has a long tradition of helping to support the digestive system and is great used in tea after a heavy meal.
You can crush the seeds to release the oils and seep in hot water for about 10 minutes to make a great post-meal digestive drink.
Historically, fennel was thought to produce bravery and courage in men, so was often chewed by soldiers before going into battle. But you can harvest the seeds and leaves for everyday meals too!
Fennel seeds are a great added to curries, and the steamed leaves go perfectly with fish.
If you want an easy way to start cooking with Fennel, why not try making a delicious carrot, honey and fennel side dish?
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