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Chives: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Chives are are one of the easiest plants to grow, and we enjoy them so much! Not only do chives taste wonderful as an addition to many meals, but they also add a unique look to your backyard and container garden and can help with pest prevention.

How to Grow:

Chives are a perennial plant. They can be planted indoors 10 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors 4 weeks before your last spring frost. Chives can also be planted 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Chive seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep, 16 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Chives will sprout within 7-14 days with moderate and consistent watering.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for chives:

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Chives will be ready to harvest in approximately 75-80 days. Chives can be harvested at any point once they have grown to approximately 6-8 inches. To harvest, simply snip the top 1/3 inch with scissors. If you want to use the flowers, wait to snip the ends until the flowers bloom.

Cooking & Eating!

Chives are a fantastic garnish to so many dishes. We use them on many dishes, including salads, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, and soups. The possibilities for chives are endless!


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