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All About Scallions & Chives (page 2 of 2)

by National Gardening Association Editors

Growing Chives

Chives are a great windowsill crop. You can also plant them in a permanent location in an herb garden or as a border for a flower garden. They are just about disease-free and need very little attention once you get them producing.

You can start your chive bed from seed in a window box or flower pot or by using some plants from a neighbor. Six or eight plants are plenty and since they're perennials, you'll get plenty of chives each year. Set out the plants eight to 10 inches apart, and they'll expand to fill the area.

Chives like rich, well-worked soil and fertilizer, so rake some compost or manure into the soil before planting. Trim off the tops of the transplants, leaving an inch or two, and put the plant in at the same depth. Do this early in the spring.

Clip off the tops whenever you need them. The plant will produce more and be slower to go to flower. To keep a steady supply of chives producing through the winter, dig up part of a cluster of plants and pot it inside. It won't hurt the next year's crop.

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