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How to grow Chives
Learn how to grow Chives with our easy step by step guide. Chives are the smallest species of the onion family. The name chive derives from the French word cive, from cepa, the Latin word for onion.
Varieties of Chives:
There are two main varieties available:
Both are hardy and happily grow throughout the year. Common Chives grow to about 30 cm and have a purple flower through the summer months. The mild onion like flavour makes it a popular herb for all year round use.
Garlic chives are taller than the others varieties of chives and grow to 40 cm. Also a hardy perennial, these chives have white flowers all summer. The leaves of these chives have a sweet garlic flavour.
How to plant Chives
The chive plants can be purchased from garden centres all year round. You can grow chives from seed but it is a very slow process and not recommended if you want quick results. If you do decide to grow them from seed, sow chives outside, wait for warmer weather in late spring, as the soil needs to be warm for seeds of chives to germinate.
Chives Growing Guide
Pick all year round and if your plant becomes old and tired looking, cut hard back to ground level to encourage new growth.
How to use Chives
Chives leaves are used for culinary purposes as a flavouring herb, and provide a somewhat milder flavour than other members of the Allium species. Chives can be used as a garnish on almost any dish. Add to salads, stir fries and pastas. Use in meat, poultry and seafood dishes. Add to stuffings, muffins and soups.
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