Am I actually supposed to EAT fennel?
I was reading my new Pinetree Seeds catalog last night, and while it mentioned nothing about butterfly attraction, it said that fennel is grown for its root and anise flavored seeds. It also said that it "may" overwinter (about 50% of the time was the quote for Foeniculum vulgare. Since PT is in Maine, I took that as good notation for my area- being right next door & all...)
Unfortunately, I cut it back recently- just the seed part; the plant itself I left about 18" tall... (that was before I read berner's tip on NOT cutting stuff back yesterday), so obviously I will not have seeds. But now I'm wondering if I should also either:
a) dig it up for the root (what would I actually DO with it?)
b) leave it there and it'll either live or die
c) make sure I plant another batch of it this coming season
Also, anyone in New England use a different fennel than "Florence?" I hear lots about "Bronze," but the Florence seemed to be somewhat attractive to the BFs here; should I switch for better results? Does the Bronze have that most-excellent anise scent in the fall, as well? My garden was absolutely FILLED with the scent in Sept/Oct.
Thanks for the tips.