Growing Chives - advice on how to grow Chives
Chives are a member of the onion family (they are the smallest member).
Chives will grow to about 45cm in height and produce an attractive purple flower similar to a pom-pom in shape. Chives are a perrenial plant and their flavour is great when chopped finely and used in salads, sandwiches, stir fries etc.
Chives can also be used as an organic means of repelling aphids.
You must make sure that the soil is well weeded before introducing your chives as they do not compete well with other plants. Adding a small amount of organic compost will help your chives growth and should provide all the nutrient requirements the chives need.
Plant seedlings into soil in the spring time. Chives are best grown in bunches - about 5 bulbs a bunch with the bunches spaced around 10 cm apart. Every few years you can thin the bunches back down to around 5 bulbs per bunch again.
A soil that is well draineed is suitable for growing chives in. A PH of 6 to 7 is ideal for chives.
A high nitrogen content feed is not required.
Cut the chives with a pair of scissors - around 3 cm above the ground. After flowering cut back the flower stalks.
The flowers are edible and can be used in salads.