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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Growing Herbs Garden

Go ahead and dive into growing a home herb garden in sublime blissful ignorance.  Especially if you choose chives plants as your path to grow herb garden plantings. I speak from earthy experience. Somehow my chives plants were flourishing and bountiful, despite my many missteps and blunders.

I admit a happy  landed those chives plants into my life some years ago. Yes, I stumbled into beginning my own home herb garden by planting chives plants aplenty! Usually people are led into planting an herb garden by their love of cooking with herbs. Nope. Not me. While an enthusiastic novice gardener, herbs were totally lacking in my cooking. But, an encounter with chives plants in my herb home garden changed all that. The entire experience drew me to introduce you to chives as an herb plant for your garden and share my tips and discoveries gardening with chives herbs taught me.
Typically people think of chives as these dried up little green pieces that look like cuttings from your lawn. Sadly little taste survives in this dried version. Most of us are introduced to using chives as an herb simply as a condiment for a baked potato...sour cream with chives. Due to its past classification as a common household herb, the fascinating features of chives as a plant and herb have been much maligned. Here's what I unearthed as a beginner planting my own home herb garden when I somehow mistakenly ordered 9 chives plants, but intended to get only 1.
The Basics Of Chives Plants For The Home Herb Garden
Chives are part of the onion family but the flavor is much milder and more subtle. Until you've tasted fresh chives you won't believe the difference in taste from those dried up commercial counterparts sold at the store! Chives grow in clumps, which is why they're always referred to as plural. The upright green shoots growing from the clumps are really called the leaves of the plant.
Growing chives is a dream for beginners gardening herbs at home. I'm prime proof of how easy it is. In fact, for ease of growing I put them in the category of daylilies because they're so indestructible no matter the amount of rain or scorching heat. I was clueless how to plant my chives plants (or any herb) in the garden when they arrived. Somehow they've survived in the clay soil of hot Kentucky summers for almost a decade now. You can even dig up their roots (actually little onion-like bulbs), divide them, and replant them just like daylilies! Although chives plants are best planted in a healthy mixture of soil, peat, sand and compost, my ignorance proves chives plants do well as long as they have plenty of sun and some water now and then.

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