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|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Edible Crop
- Kitchen Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- 30cm (12in)
- Common name
- 200 seeds
- Full Sun
- Sow direct from April-August in a bed or container. Sow thinly and thin out so they are at least 10cm apart. Alternatively start under cover from February, in pots, seed trays or a gutter. Plant out seedings in small clusters of 4 to 6.
Chives are an easy and quick germinating perennial herb from seed, which is cut-and-come-again, with a characteristic, mild oniony flavour.
These organic chive seeds are invaluable for emerging very early in the spring – in late February in my garden – for using in spring salsa verde and salads.
Pick the mauve chive flowers to scatter in salads and soups from mid May onwards, but don't leave the plants flowering for long. Cut them almost to the ground in early June and give them a high Potash feed for more chives throughout the rest of summer.
Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.
Cut to the ground every 6-8 weeks to get fresh leaves, which quickly grow back again. Keep plants looking tidy by clearing away debris in autumn. Rejuvenate congested clumps in the ground by lifting and dividing plants every three years or so.