1. ‘Montovano’ Fennel
Maturity: 75 to 80 days
Yield: One bulb per foot
Needs: Full sun to partial shade; light, fertile soil
Bulb fennel was once an oddity at local farmers’ markets, but its mild anise flavor and its contribution to roasted-vegetable dishes have made it a staple on my farmers’ market table and a favorite of my CSA (community-supported agriculture) customers. The moderate summer temperatures of the Puget Sound area provide a long window of opportunity to grow this heat-sensitive crop. The variety I prefer is ‘Montovano’. It consistently forms a large, round bulb with a clean, bright white appearance, and it has excellent flavor and crunch. It also seems to resist bolting in the heat of late spring, when most other varieties go to seed.
2. ‘Tadorna’ Leek
Maturity: 120 days
Yield: 1 pound per foot
Needs: Full sun; light, fertile soil
The Northwest’s maritime climate is well suited for winter gardening, thus…
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