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How to Harvest Chives Without Killing the Plant

Even if you don’t have green fingers, most people find that a herb garden is one of the easiest things to grow. There is nothing quite like cooking with fresh herbs straight from the garden!

And if you are short of space, herbs will grow happily in the tiniest of yards, or even on your kitchen windowsill.

The great thing about herbs such as chives is that many of these popular plants keep on growing for years, with minimal maintenance. They can be grown easily from seed, or you may be given excess plants when your neighbors and friends have too many.

So, what’s the fascination with chives?

Quite simply, it is all about the taste!

Fresh chives bring a delicate and fresh onion flavor to your cooking, adding a whole new element to the most basic of dishes.

Let’s take a look at how to grow chives and how to harvest chives without killing the plant!

How to Harvest Chives Without Killing the Plant

Once your chive plant has reached a height of 6″, you can start to gently harvest them. This won’t kill your plant. Using sharp, clean scissors, cut the required amount, making sure not to disturb the plant’s bulb. Cut approximately 2-4″ above the base of the plant and it will happily grow back, time and time again.

What Are Chives?

Chives not only taste good, but they’ll also look great in your garden and pollinators love the flowers!

Chives are a type of herb that grows in thick clumps, to about 12 to 18 inches high.

In appearance, they are very similar to grass (as my husband found out, to his peril, when he accidentally mowed my patch of baby chives!).

On closer inspection, a bunch of chives is easy to identify. All you need to do is snap a bit off and smell it – the aroma will be very much like an onion, only fresher and more subtle.

Chives taste amazing in egg dishes, as well as soups and salads. They can be used in hot dishes but are at their best when added during the last minute or two of cooking.

Chives are also very tasty in dips – freshly chopped chives in sour cream is my favorite with a bag of crunchy tortilla chips!

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11/29/2022 09:50 pm GMT

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  • Kate Chalmers

    Kate moved to Portugal last year and lives with her husband, two cats, six hens, and a glorious Brahma rooster called Mary. Earlier this year they purchased a half-hectare ‘quinta’ – traditional terraced land with olive trees, grapevines, and a house to renovate. They are currently living in a small campervan which is a challenging but fun experience! Kate has over 15 years of experience in the UK veterinary industry and is also a passionate gardener – turning a grassy field into a productive vegetable patch in just three months. Future plans include more animals, particularly sheep and goats for milk production to make cheese, butter, and yogurt! Kate and her husband are aiming to create a self-sufficient off-grid life on their quinta, fulfilling a life-long dream.

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