Herbs

Onion

This is a very popular, attractive herb that’s excellent for seasoning a wide array of recipes.

Chives make an attractive edging for any flower or vegetable garden and are a versatile herb in the kitchen. Chives grow well in gardens or patio containers with tall, green, grass-like leaves ending in purple pom-pom flowers. Plant in full sun or partial shade (6 hours of sun) and harvest continuously from early summer until frost.

Spacing: 4-8in (10-20cm)

Height: 12-18in (30-45cm)

Exposure: Full Sun - 6+ hours direct sun

• Choose a sunny location (6+ hours of sun) and dig a hole about two times as wide as your pot.

• Remove your plant from the pot by loosening the soil and tipping it out into your hand. Place your plant in the soil about as deep as it was in the pot.

• Refill the space around your plant with soil and press lightly to compact the dirt, keeping your plant firmly in the ground.

• Water immediately to settle the soil, and add more soil as needed, bringing it level to the rest of your garden.

Water as needed all season to keep soil evenly moist, keeping your eye out for the first sign of wilt. Wilting is a sure sign that your chives need water. Feed with a vegetable fertilizer to ensure your bountiful harvest.
The scapes (or stems) are long tubes, which can be snipped and diced to flavor dishes. The flowers can also be used as garnish.
Chives are the smallest of the edible onions and are native to Europe, Asia and North America. This perennial has insect-repellent properties that gardeners can use to control pests. Plant between rocks or along borders to keep out many types of unwanted guests. An added bonus: Its flowers attract pollinators!