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Nothing adds flavour to cooked dishes and salads so simply as freshly picked herbs from your garden.
Chives have a mild onion flavour in both the leaves and the edible flowers, making it one of the most popular of herbs. Cut leaves about 2cm from ground level. It grows to a height of about 30cm (12"). It can be added to salads, cooked dishes or potato salads to add a mild onion flavoured edge.
Product Part Number: 80213
When to sow
When to sow
All year round on a windowsill March to May outdoors.
Where to Sow
Sow seeds 0.5cm (¼") deep, in small pots of compost , lightly covering the seed with a sprinkling of compost. Water well and place at a temperature of 15-20°C. Alternatively sow outdoors March-May where they are to crop, 0.5cm (¼") deep, directly into finely-prepared soil.
What to do Next
Grow a few plants on a light windowsill for easy kitchen use. If transplanting outside gradually harden off in a coldframe before planting out 20cm (8") apart once all risk of frost has past . Seeds sown direct outside should be thinned out to 15-20cm (6-8in) apart.
All year round, once 15cm (6") tall , picking a few leaves from each plant so they regrow quickly.
Young plants can be sown and grown on a windowsill all year round, or you could lift and pot up a small clump in the autumn and place on the windowsill for fresh herbs throughout the winter months.
Surprisingly, chives contain more Vitamin a than any other member of the allium family. They also contain Vitamin C and K.