Chives

4 inch pot – $2.50   Quart – $4.00

Chives

Chives

Chives are always a mainstay for herb and vegetable gardens.  The Chive is related to the onion and garlic family but with a milder flavor. The green stems are the main part of the plant and can be chopped for use as a garnish. The stems are hollow so they are best when used fresh.  What is nice about chives is whenever you need some, just go out into the garden and snip of what you need.  The stem will continue to grow even after being trimmed.  That allows for a good sized chive plant to supply most of your needs for your kitchen.

   Each spring they will grace you with striking lavender globular blossoms.  The graceful leaves and blossoms have a mild onion flavor, especially when used fresh.  Use the leaves in cooking and toss the flowers in salads or use them as a garnish.

 Fresh tips can be used all summer once plants are 6 inches tall leaving at least 2inch remaining.  Best if used when fresh, but can also be chopped and dried.

Chives will grow about anywhere as long as they have sunshine and water.  The grow in clumps to about 6-12 inches tall with green, tubular leaves.  Divide older plants in the spring every 3 years.  Chives are great companion plants for carrots, grapes, roses, and tomatoes.

Plant in full sun.  Hardy in zone 3-9

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