Chrissy's Gardening Notebook, Harvest Time
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Taming the West: A Sweet Visitor

Hill-Side Fennel

When I wasn’t looking, a whole LOT of fennel found its way into my California back yard on the hill-side. As evidenced by the abundance of mint and freesias this year, the winds do blow up here, but how could I miss this massive crop? Perhaps why the yard has been so popular for butterflies the past two weeks (butterflies love the yellow flowering tops of fennel because of the small insects that crawl about)…

Decisions, Decisions

I went outside today to survey the situation. As I stood beside the hill breathing in this feathery aromatic, I contemplated transplantation. Indigenous to the Mediterranean, fennel enjoys sandy soil (no doubt why it’s thriving along the hill). I glanced

Flowering Fennel

upward noticing that it was indeed doing well- stalks over six feet tall stood flowering over my head.

There’s all this strict talk around the web that fennel should be grown and “left” in its forever place (although I find this hard to believe considering we can transplant human organs). It did “blow in” with the birds after all!

Feathery Fennel

After some thought, I’m going to give it a try. Hopefully I can convince it out of the ground into a new multi-potted home. I’ll be back soon with the details!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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