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Chives
Regular Chives
Photo:  Regular Chives, Hutchinson farmhouse garden, David MacTavish, April 26 2012.
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since about 1984. Available May 2016 in 4" pots and planters.

  • Description
    Allium schoenoprasum
    Winter Hardiness: perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 12 - 20"
    Habit: Upright
    Where to plant: In the ground

  • In the Garden
    Chives thrive in almost any location, with no effort required by the gardener. Once planted, the clumps of chives will gradually expand each year. Chives also can spread by self seeding, and will continue to grow through-out the season. The lavender flowers of regular chives will appear late May, and bloom until frost, providing visual beauty to the garden. Chives are often planted to ward off pests.

  • In the Kitchen
    Chives are one of the "fines herbes" of French cuisine, and are considered the smallest member of the onion family. Commonly used in all sorts of dishes including soups, fish, potatoes, etc. Tiny tubes of chopped chives are visually attractive, making them useful as a garnish (such as on a baked potato).
  • Harvest: grab a small clump, and cut off with scissors. Watch out for grass sneaking in!
    Preserve: best used fresh.