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Great for dressing up potatoes and spicing up salads, Chives are easy-to-grow from herb seeds, and their lavender flowers make an attractive clump or edging in gardens. Chives are a must-have kitchen herb and are perfect for almost any savory dish. The Chives herb has tubular leaves that add a delicate onion flavor to cooking. They also make a nice garnish too with flower heads that can be used! The flowers have an even milder onion flavor. As soon as the leaves have reached several inches in height, you can start harvesting the desired amounts for the kitchen. Cut the leaves with scissors, leaving 1 - 2 inches above the ground. Begin at the outside edge of the plant and work toward the center. Chop the leaves and use fresh or freeze for year-round use. Chives herb uses include being companion plants to repel insect pests. Plant these herb seeds near almost any plant that is bothered by insect pests and the Chives will instantly drive them away.
In terms of culinary appeal, the flavor of chives is considerably milder than onion or garlic. The herb is used fresh or dried (as well as the flowers) to flavor vinegars, often in combination with other herbs. Dried chives are excellent additions to soups and salads, as well as dips, soft cheeses and herbal butters.
The whole plant is antibacterial, cardiac, depurative, digestive, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. It is an anti-emetic herb that improves kidney function. It is used internally to treat urinary incontinence, kidney and bladder weaknesses etc.
After the danger of frost, sow Chives seeds in open ground well exposed. Cover Chive seeds 1/8 inch with loose soil. Keep moist until germination. Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy and encourages spreading. Keep flowers picked to discourage dormancy in warm weather. Divide clumps every 2-3 years.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Rich, well-drained, pH 6.2 to 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches apart; thin seedlings 6-8 inches
***These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore we cannot claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information on our site is provided for educational purposes only.
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