Chives

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Chives are probably one of the easiest perennial herbs to grow in either pots or in the herb garden. They are very versatile plants and are often grown for both culinary and ornamental purposes. Their mild onion flavoured leaves can be used for salads, soups, omelettes and many other dishes. The garlic flavoured variety is also a popular addition to some of the more exotic dishes. The delicate purple flowers are edible and make a nice salad decoration or garnish.

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Latin NameAllium schoenoprasum

Sowing Instructions – You can start the plants off early by sowing seeds indoors during March and April ready to plant out at the end of May, or when all danger of frost has passed. Sow the seeds lightly onto a tray or pot of damp compost and cover with 1cm of fine sifted compost. Germination will require a temperature of 15-21C (60-70 F). Ensure the seed compost does not dry out. Seedlings should be ready for planting out after about 4-6 weeks.

Hints and Tips – Plant Herb Garlic Chives among your cabbages as this has been shown to deter Carrot Root Fly. HEALTH BENEFITS – Antioxidant. Good source of vitamin C (Anti-ageing, wound healing, decreasing blood cholesterol and prevention of infections. Assists the body in absorbing iron). ANTIOXIDANTS: Term used to describe a number of organic substances such as vitamins A, C & E, the mineral Selenium and ‘Carotenoids’ – the pigments which colour many fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are thought to help prevent cancers, heart and stroke problems by assisting in the ‘mopping up’ and expulsion from the body of substances known as ‘free radicals’ which can be created by exposure to various environmental pollutants.

Seeds – 0.80g

 

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