Florence fennel is related to celery and celeriac. Its
enlarged, flattened leafstalk is the portion used. For a summer
crop, so\v the seeds in the rows in spring; for an autumn and
winter crop in the South, sow them toward the end of the summer.
Thin the plants to stand about 6 inches apart.
When the leafstalks
have grown to about 2 inches in diameter, the plants may be
slightly mounded up and partially blanched. They should be
harvested and used before they become tough and stringy.
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