Chives are a kind of herb that is both ornamental and useful. A member of the onion family, chives are perfect for adding an onion-like flavor to many kinds of recipes. The purple blooms of the chive plant are stunning and will definitely add a pop of color to your garden. Chives can also help repel certain pests.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Chives are a perennial plant and tend to be quite hardy. Plant this herb in full sun or part shade in well-drained, fertile soil. You can start chives from seed, or transplant them into your garden. Give chives plenty of water until they are established. Chive plants can be divided if needed to reduce crowding problems. Chives grow 6-18 inches in height.
Keep the garden area free of weeds, since chives don’t do well with the competition. When you are ready to harvest the chives, cut leaves from the outside of the plant with scissors or a knife. You can use the chives fresh or dry them for later use.
Recipes/How to Use:
Add chives to soup, potato recipes, meats, and eggs.
1 ½ pounds potatoes, cubed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 ounces cheddar cheese
½ cup heavy cream, or milk
3 tablespoon fresh, chopped chives
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
-Boil potatoes in water until they are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain. Mash the potatoes, then add remaining ingredients. Mix together until well blended. Serves 6.