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Chives - A great addition to the herb garden
Member Name: dove3066
Advantages: Easy to look after, Pretty flowers, subtle onion flavour
This week-end I have been busy taking advantage of the wonderful weather and tidying up my herb garden.
One of my favorite plants in there are the chives. These are very delicate plants when they first come up - not to look after but to look at. They have very long thin almost tube like leaves that end in a bit of a point. Quick word of warning - remove any dead leaves before they become too hard as they can poke you in the eye when weeding if you are not too careful.
These plants do have flowers as you can see from the picture above. They are actually quite pretty. They are purple in colour and are almost like a fluffy ball. They aren't the sort of flowers that you would put in a vase but if you want soemthing to decorate a salad or it can look quite classy placed on a white plate for a BBQ.
The leaves are the part of the plant that you can eat. They are a delicate onion flavour. They are ideal chopped finely and put in mayonaise for a dip or chopped a bit more roughly and put in a salad.
These plants are fairly robust and once you have had them for a season they should be established and give you many years of enjoyment. You may find that you need to split them eventually because the initial clump will spread.
Summary: A versatile herb
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