Chives flourishing in a garden.
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Not only are chives a delicious herb used to add a special touch to many savory dishes, but the chive plant is an attractive addition to any growing area. Chives are an easy herb to grow, and you will have bountiful lavender blooms and delicious greens to add to sauces and stews. Find a sunny corner for a chive plant, and watch the chives take off with gusto.
Choose a sunny growing area, and work the soil down approximately 3 to 4 inches to aerate the soil and loosen it in preparation for planting. Add approximately 1 inch of compost to the top of the soil, and work this in completely.
Plant the chive seeds in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. Place the seeds in the ground in small groups of five or six, spacing the groups approximately 1 foot apart. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil, and give the newly planted seeds water.
Water the soil regularly while the seeds are germinating, and keep it moist while the seedlings are getting bigger. If you water deeply and less frequently, you will help the roots to grow more deeply.
Watch for chive blossoms, and trim them off just under the bloom. Use the blossoms in salads and cooking for a mild flavor. Snip off the greens as often as desired for cooking.
Give the chive plants a light dressing of fertilizer every spring to help them begin the growing season.
Divide the chive plants approximately every four years before they begin to grow in the spring. Dig up the root and separate it into halves or thirds with the trowel and replant about 1.5 feet apart.