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Chives are members of the onion family and have enhanced the flavour of savoury foods for centuries. They are hardy perennials that will give you large harvests for years to come. You will need to split your chive plant every few years.
Grow your chives in a small pot that is easy to carry in during the winter. Seeds take a while to germinate, so if you want a faster harvest buy a plant from a local nursery.
Start your chive seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last spring frost, or direct sow late-spring once soil temperature is consistently above 18 C (65 F). Chive seeds are small, so sow about 1/4" below the soil and lightly cover. Keep well watering, top watering is necessary during the germination period, once the plants are established, let the self watering system take over.
Chives will continue to grow for many years to come. After the first hard frost in the Fall, cut the entire plant down to within 1-2" of the soil and allow it to lay dormant through the winter months.
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Harvest your chives when they reach 6-8 inches tall, by snipping the tips of the leaves as needed, be sure you don’t take more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. You can also pick the flowers when they bloom. Keep on top of your harvest to encourage more foliage to grow. If you already have many chive plants, try letting some produce flowers, they are an early source of pollen for the bees.
Preparing and using
Use your chives raw for soup, salad, sauces or dips
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Garlic Chives are from a different family but grow just like chives and add a garlic flavour to your salads or stir fries.
Try dividing your chive plant at the end of the season and putting half in a pot to bring indoors. Have fresh chives right through the winter!