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Chives, Civet, Cive-Garlic or Garlic Chives, is a perennial hardy plant of the Onion family, grown for its leaves, which have a mild flavour, and which are particularly useful for seasoning as they’re useful in salads and sandwiches. chives are native to Europe, Asia and North America, they are generally grown as an edging plant, and do well in any good, light garden soil suitable for Onions.
How to grow chives
Growing chives is easy, they’re quite hardy. Chives love full sun, though they will tolerate light shade. They can be sown from spring through to autumn in cool and temperate areas (or all year round in warm climates) and will grow into a 20 – 30 cm dense tufts and produce small oval bulbs and numerous slender leaves. The flowers, usually purple, but also in white, are very pretty and look striking in vintage terracotta pots.
Sowing chives from seed. You can sow chives seeds thinly either directly outdoors or in containers in spring where you want them to grow.
Chives make a good edging plant for the kitchen garden, as once the .bulbs are planted they need not be disturbed for three or four years.
The best time to divide the clumps for re-planting is in the early Spring. If desired to grow in any quantity, plant in rows from 15 to 18 inches apart, allowing from 9 to 12 inches between the plants in the rows. When the plants are well established, the leaves may be cut as wanted throughout the season.