If you have a hard time growing plants in your garden, you may have heard how easy it can be to grow an herb garden.
Chives are the smallest species within the onion family and they are one of the easiest herbs to grow and care for. In this video Merry Harrison of Millcreek Herbs tells you more about how to grow and use Chives in your own herb garden.
Here are some tips on how to grow your own chives
- Chives are a bulb that has thin, green cylindrical leaves that end in a rounded point. Each of these leaves is hollow inside. The flowers produced in the spring are a pale purple. Like all bulbs, this herb likes soil that is well drained so that the bulbs do not become mushy. If the ground is too rocky, they cannot reproduce easily. They also thrive in loamy soil. These are the optimum conditions, but this hardy bulb can survive in most soils.
- Although the bulbs do spread, they do it slowly so you don’t need to worry that they will take over the rest of your herb garden. They grow in clumps and new bulbs grow on the edges of the clumps. As those get bigger, new small bulbs are formed. It is also possible that they can spread from the seeds produced in the flowers, but this is less likely. You can ask your gardening friends for a division from one of their patches of chives so that you can get your own started. This is much easier than trying to grow them from seeds as they take a season to mature.
- The bulbs tend to repel insects although the flowers attract bees. This makes them a very helpful herb to have in your garden.
- As they grow and flourish, you should regularly cut back the leaves about an inch and a half above the white stem to provide new growth. It is also important that about every three years you divide them and replant them in new soil.
Cutting chives down for new growth is something that you may want to do and this video shows you how.