Chives are an easy to grow seasonal herb. They blow up with stunning purple flowers early in the spring, making them both ornamental and tasty. Chives are excellent for cooking, and can be used in lots of recipes. Plus, you can collect them all season long.
Gathering chives sounds easy, however can be difficult if you’re uncertain how to do it. The very first few times I harvested chives when I was a newbie, I believed I required to dig up the private bulbs (like the green onions you purchase the supermarket).
My chive plants are fully grown and extremely thick, making the task of digging up just a couple of bulbs pretty much impossible. When I tried it, there was a lot woody old growth included, I could not even eat them. It was gross. Plus, the majority of the tiny bulbs were cut or squashed in the process of digging them up, which wasn’t quite. Eek!
As it ends up, I was making the task of harvesting chives way too challenging. After doing some research study, I discovered that you do not harvest chives by digging up the bulbs, you gather them by cutting the foliage. However you can’t gather simply any foliage. If you gather at the wrong time, or the wrong types of leaves, you’ll wind up with inedible woody sticks.
HOW TO HARVEST CHIVES
The very best time to harvest chives is either before they flower in the early spring or after they’re done blooming. I do both. Plus the flowers are edible too, and delicious in salads. Some people even use chive flowers to instill olive oil or make herb butter. Yum, I require to attempt that!
Gathering chives prior to they flower: Search for tender, lush green new development in early spring. Yellowish leaves, thick leaves, flower stalks, and old growth will likely be woody and inedible. To make chives easier to collect in early spring, cut the entire plant to the ground in the fall.
Collecting chives after they flower: Deadhead chives after the flowers have faded in late spring, and cut back the entire plant to within a couple of inches of the ground. A sharp set of garden hedge shears makes this task very easy!
This is the perfect time to collect chive seeds to grow new plants, or share with a pal. Chives are simple to grow from seed. I grow 2 types, regular chives and garlic chives. Just bear in mind that chive seeds are only viable for about a year.
After a couple of weeks, you’ll start to see tender and tasty brand-new growth that’s ideal for gathering. This tender brand-new growth can be harvested throughout the growing season.
To gather chives, simply get a handful of the tender, green foliage, and sufficed off with clean shears. I utilize my kitchen shears for this job, but you can utilize a sharp set of garden snips, or perhaps bonsai shears.
Chives are tasty and can be utilized in many recipes (I particularly like them with eggs and in soups). Gathering chives might take some trial and error, once you have gathered them a couple of times, it’s simple to determine the ideal kind of foliage to harvest.