I read this thread title as 'Bottling fennel' and was curious ¦.. What sort of fennel are you growing? I don't get on very well with the Florence fennel chosen for its bulb-type base, for salads and cooking, but the herb-type fennel grows prolifically in my garden " shoots up everywhere. I am blessed with a cold, wet garden and the herby fennel seems to thrive in it. Although I don't get good bulbs, I still use the stalks, thinly sliced, and the feathery leaves in cooking. I do also bottle fennel stalks and flowers in olive oil, with garlic and slices of lemon, to give a lovely flavoured oil. To return to your question - regular and copious amounts of water might be the answer.
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bolting is usually caused by plants getting stressed because the conditions they are in do not suit them, this could be beacuse they are too dry, too wet, competing for food/nutrients etc. Sorry if this doesn't help, I've grown fennel once before, but the bulbs didn't really bulk up and I just ended up using the the stalks and leaves as Heather mentions
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