Late last summer I picked up a couple of fennel plants from the quick sale rack at the nursery. I obviously did not plant them correctly because they died. Should I try growing them from seed? Anyone have experience with fennel? I grow my herbs in pots near the house for easy harvest. I still have rosemary, sage and one basil plant from last year. I also have a dill that seeded voluntarily. I harvested dill and basil seed to plant this year. I grow parsley, cilantro, thyme - different ones and oregano. I love using herbs in cooking. Any thing else I should try? Between the herbs and the ornamental pots I have to do a lot of watering so I am thinking about putting in a micro drip system with a timer on the faucet. Comments please. I used to use the micro irrigation systems in landscaping beds for my clients. When combined with timers they worked very well. I have never tried using a micro system with pots. I still have lots of tubing in the shop. If it hasn't dry rotted all I have to do is get drip heads and a timer. If the tubing is shot it isn't that expensive to replace. I use soaker hoses in the veggie garden. During the heat of summer I have to water heavily every other day. I just run the regular hose to the garden the night before, hook it up and set the timer for the wee hours of the morning.