How To Grow Chives
This perennial herb can be grown in the garden or in pots or window
boxes. Choose a spot in sun or part shade that is not too dry for
You can grow chives from seed or buy it in pots at your local garden
centre. You also often see pots of chives offered in supermarkets.
Position: sun to part shade
Watering: keep moist but not wet
Feeding: every 10 days
Propagation: from seed or division
Cooking: add after cooking
Growing Chives In Containers
Keep them on the window sill for a while and plant them out when they
go tired. You can also pot them into a bigger container if you have no
Give the plant some time to recover before you start harvesting again.
If you like to use a lot of chives it is best to have several Chive
plants so as to have some you are using and others that are re-growing
Growing Chives from seed is a very cheap way to produce a lot of plants and it grows easily and reasonably quickly too.
Sowing And Harvesting
Sow the seeds close together so as you end up with a dense Chives plant.
How to harvest Chives:
Await harvesting until the plant is strong. If you harvest too soon the
plant will die. Cut off only half of the length and wait until they
re-grow before taking from them again.
Another way to propagate Chives is to split existing clumps.
Do that either in the spring or autumn. Lift up the clump or take it out
of its container. Separate it into clumps of 12-15 bulbs and replant
Chives likes a bit richer soil than most other herbs so add some
compost. Feed the plants regularly with some organic plant food
particularly if you grow them in a pot.
How To Grow Chives In The Winter
This is a great herb to grow inside on the window sill. It will keep you supplied with fresh Chives all winter.
Lift some Chives up from the garden in the autumn. Let the bulbs dry
off for minimum 4 weeks. Replant them into a pot and bring them inside.
They will start growing again after a short time. Put it back into the garden once the plant goes tired.
Cooking With Chives
The spicy onion like flavour is great to enhance soups, soft cheeses,
omelettes, pancakes or potato dishes. It is best added after cooking.
The pretty pink Chive flowers are also edible. Sprinkle them into salads, soups or use them as decorations.
Harvesting And Preserving Chives
If you have surplus Chives you can easily freeze them. Wash and chop
the Chives, fill them into sealable containers and put in your freezer.
You can now take as much as you need out of the containers when you
are cooking. Allow a few minutes for defrosting for salad dressings.
Try Growing Garlic Chives For More Variety And Flavour!
If you like a bit of variation try the Garlic Chives herb. This is a
cross of chives and garlic and they have a mild garlic flavour.
You use and grow them the same as Chives. They add a nice bit of
garlic flavour to your salad bowl and are great in cottage or cream
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