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Chive Companion Plants – Companion Planting With Chives In The Garden
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
If you are planning a kitchen garden and wondering what to grow near chives, wonder no more. There are a host of perfect chive plant companions for texture, color, and flavor. Use the information and suggestions in this article to help get started.
Chive Plant Harvest: How And When To Harvest Chives
By Amy Grant
Chives make a great addition to the garden, both for their onion-tasting leaves and pretty blossoms. The question is, when and how to harvest chives. Click this article to find out more information regarding the harvesting and storing of chives.
Wild Chives Identification: Are Wild Chives Safe To Eat
By Amy Grant
We cultivate our chives in amongst our herb bed, but did you know that wild chives are one of the most common and easy to identify wild growing plants? What are wild chives and are wild chives edible? Click here to find out.
Controlling Chives: Tips On Ridding Lawns Of Chive Plants
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
A problem with growing chive plants is that they're not always well behaved. They can escape their boundaries and pop up in places where you don't want them - including your well-tended lawn. Read this article for helpful tips for controlling chives.
Chive Seed Planting: Tips For Growing Chives From Seed
By Amy Grant
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) make a wonderful addition to the herb garden. Chive seed planting is the most common method of propagation. So, how do you grow chives from seed? Read this article to find out so you can get started.
How To Grow Chives Indoors
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Growing chives indoors make perfect sense so that you may have them near the kitchen. Read this article to learn more about how to grow chives indoors so you can have easy access to the plant year round.
How To Plant Chives – Growing Chives In Your Garden
By Heather Rhoades
If there were an award for "easiest herb to grow", growing chives would win that award. Learning how to grow chives is so easy that even a child can do it. Get growing tips for chives in this article.
Chives belong to the allium family, which makes them relatives of onions, leeks, scallions, and garlic. They have been used in Europe and Asia for hundreds of years but can be found around the world. Chives produce edible leaves and flowers the green stem is long, pencil-like, and thin, with a center that's hollow like a straw. They grow in dense hearty clumps, and typically are one of the first herbs to pop up in the garden in spring.
Chives do not require a lot of preparation since they are often used raw, fresh, and as a garnish. A little goes a long way, too—you don't typically need a lot to make a flavorful impact. They're widely available in grocery stores and therefore not expensive.
3. Plant I’itoi onions as companion plants
Because I’itoi onions are easy to grow, it is simple to plant them throughout the garden. Onions are excellent companion plants for brassicas, beets, strawberries and tomatoes. Simply plant one bulb near the plant and the I’itoi onions will grow and divide, and provide the benefits of companion planting. Do not plant near peas and beans as plants in the onion family may impede their growth. For more information on preventing pests organically, read this post.
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Prized for the delightful onion or garlic flavour of their leaves, chives are a member of the onion family native to Europe, Asia and North America. Chives are perennial herbs that are much easier to grow than traditional onions and garlic, with the added benefit of not taking as long between planting and harvest time. Chives are ideal plants for pots, make attractive grass-like plants in herb beds and can be used as pest repellent plants as well.
Planting Time: September – March
Position: Full sun – part shade
Water Needs: Low
How Long: Any time is a good time for chives!
Both garlic and onion chives will thrive in a full sun to partially shaded position, provided they are protected from strong winds. When there is a dry period, water deeply to ensure the root system is well hydrated and mulch well to retain moisture. If planting in a pot, go for one at least 30cm wide as chives can form clumps of up to 50cm wide. To encourage continuous supply of leaves, cut off the flowers they are edible too so toss them in a salad to dress it up.
Chives are definitely not needy and will thrive in just about any type of soil. A little bit of compost mixed through the soil prior to planting is ideal and if planting in a pot, go for an organic potting mix. Chives in pots should have their soil replaced every three years to ensure flavour and performance is top-notch!
For those of you who with limited garden space, chives can be easily grown in pots indoors. A bright and sunny position, good quality well drained potting mix and good pot drainage is all you need. During winter when light is poor, you may notice that the plant will not grow much and may even die back a bit, but should spring back to life with the return of brighter sun in spring. It’s advisable not to fertilize during winter.
Possibly the least demanding of all our herbs, chives are generally happy not to be fed at all. If growth seems a little slow, or you have been harvesting a great deal, give them a drink of compost tea. Do the same if re-potting, or dividing up large clumps.
Chives are fairly drought tolerant, although those grown in pots (especially terracotta) have a tendency to dry out fairly quickly. A drink once or twice a week is sufficient if chives are planted in a rich soil or potting mix and mulched well.
Harvest as needed throughout the life of your chives.
As well as being hardy, chives are an excellent companion plant in the vegie and flower patch. Said to repel aphids, many rose growers swear by garlic chives as companion plants. They are also said to prevent apple scab, but keep them away from your beans though.
Passionate home cooks recommend that chives be eaten fresh – much better flavour. Extra chives can be frozen by chopping up prewashed leaves into small pieces and freezing them in plastic containers, or in water in ice cube trays. There is no need to thaw pieces out before using.
Here are a couple of recipes to get you inspired: