Cathy Isom has a few tips for you about how to plant and grow chives. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
It’s one of the most common garden herbs out there, probably because it’s so easy to grow. Chives are in the allium family and feature grass-like foliage topped with purple, pink or white blooms. It’s a perennial, which means there’s no need to re-plant every year.
Chives are about as low-maintenance as you can get in the plant world. You can grow them indoors or outside, and they’re happy pretty much anywhere. Chives should be planted in a spot with fertile, loamy soil. Start chives indoors, about 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
Like many herbs, chives are slow growing, so starting early is critical. You can also direct sow chives once the soil has warmed. Make sure to sow seeds shallowly at about one-fourth inch. You can succeed in growing chives in raised beds, directly in the ground, or in pots.
Provide about 1-inch of moisture per week. And plant them with their best companions: carrots, celery, and lettuce.
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