If you’re looking for an all-around garden winner, try growing chives. Not only are chives tasty and versatile herbs, they’re attractive flowers that attract plenty of beneficial bugs to the garden. Pretty, tasty and relatively fuss-free, chives are a must-have for any kitchen garden.
|When to sow indoors||3 – 4 weeks after last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||Spring to fall|
|Seed depth||1/8″ or less|
|Germination soil temperature||60° – 85°F|
|Germination length||7 – 14 days|
|When to transplant||Not recommended|
|Varieties||Garlic (garlic flavored)
Common (pretty in purple)
Purly (large, robust leaves)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.0|
|Soil temperature||55° – 70°F|
|Spacing||6″ – 8″|
|Watering||Moderate and even|
|Light||Full sun to partial shade|
|Nutrient requirements||N = moderate
P = moderate
K = moderate
|Fertilizer schedule||Usually not necessary|
|When to harvest||Whenever leaves are large enough to use|
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Image thanks to John Lustig!