Vegetables and Fruit forum: is fennel or dill perrenial for me?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 8, 2016 7:30 PM CST
I'm in 6b, and want to get a good start for next years' swallowtail , curious if they are or not. Thank you
Brenden
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia
Aug 9, 2016 11:15 AM CST
I think both may be perennial for you. I live in Indiana zone 5b and they were for me when I grew them for the butterflies.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 9, 2016 11:59 AM CST
fennel is perennial here but dill is not
Dill may act as a bi-annual some places but is usually an annual. It does self sow freely.
and the cats do love both
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Claudia
Aug 9, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Ahhh, yes on the dill. I had a had time getting rid of it when I did not want it anymore.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 22, 2016 9:05 AM CST
Excessive heat kills dill hear. Along the coast both can be found growing wild year round ! Yep 😎. My fennel.hear in fresno ca. Grew all winter long.bloomed early. As the blooms and branches died back.i cut them back to the main stem.trunk.whatever you call it ? AND!#
They sent out shoots from the main stem.and bottom 🙈 of which almost emediatly started blooming. BLOOMING CRITTERS ! If you get snow or the ground freezes i would cover em with some hay or plastic tent. Is your dilll still growing ? If it is. It will more than likely be around next yr. If not I'd plant more of both now or next month. 😎😎😎
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 22, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Well my dill is growing, but more flowers than leaves now. Interesting
Brenden
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 22, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Once dill flowers and sets seed it dies -- at least in my garden. But, unless you are very diligent about removing plants before the seeds have a chance to drop, you will definitely have plenty of volunteers coming up. ("diligent about removing plants" is a phrase that has probably never been used to describe me, so I always have lots of it coming up...)
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
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Aug 22, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Hahaha sandy, say you ever see monarch or swallowtail up there?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 22, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Brenden, our butterfly population has been WAY down since the horrible winter of 2013/2014, but this year I've seen a few Monarchs and was pretty excited to see a swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant a few days ago! (other than making a few pickles, the butterflies are the main reason I let dill grow all over my veggie garden)

Interestingly, an official Monarch count is done on the Stonington Peninsula (which is just across Bay de Noc from Escanaba -- the nearest town to where I live) and they reported a very high count last year. Smiling )
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
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Aug 25, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Brenden, our butterfly population has been WAY down since the horrible winter of 2013/2014, but this year I've seen a few Monarchs and was pretty excited to see a swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant a few days ago! (other than making a few pickles, the butterflies are the main reason I let dill grow all over my veggie garden)

Interestingly, an official Monarch count is done on the Stonington Peninsula (which is just across Bay de Noc from Escanaba -- the nearest town to where I live) and they reported a very high count last year. Smiling )


Interesting, didn't think they would touch cold upper Penninsula. Darn. Well I start my vacation after work tomorrow, so I got 14 days to fralic and try and catch one, if I x an find them.


2 days ago, I saw one hovering around milkweed. I didn't slam my brakes, but I definitely stopped! Haha, got out, looked both ways... no cars coming, grabbed my net, walked across. Swiped! Nothing, but that gives me hope just seeing one
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Maybe you could look for some "cats" on the milkweed and raise them at home?
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
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bhart90
Aug 31, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Maybe you could look for some "cats" on the milkweed and raise them at home?


I haven't seen a single cat or egg all year. Like the world has been tipped upside down..
Brenden
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 31, 2016 7:58 PM CST
Well... I haven't either, unfortunately. I have seen a couple of Monarchs flying around, but that's it. Really so few butterflies of any kind here for the last few years. Hoping for another mild winter and a big comeback of the butterflies next summer! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 1, 2016 3:24 PM CST
I haven't seen any cats on my fennel this year either , but I tend a garden in town for a lady and she wanted me to cut back her bronze fennel so it would not go to seed . She already has a nice size patch. When I went to cut it back it was full of caterpillars. I counted a dozen or more so I showed them to her and she decided to let it stand. Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.

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