How to grow chives
Sow chive seed 0.5cm deep and thin or transplant seedlings to 25cm apart. Choose rich moist soil in a sunny site.
Water chives well in dry weather. Remove flowering stems to increase leaf production, unless you want to grow the flowers, which are also edible. Leaves die back to soil level in winter.
You can dig up and split established chive plants in autumn.
Harvesting and using chives
Cut leaves to use fresh or for freezing from when plants are 15cm tall, leaving 5cm of stem to regrow. Chive is perennial so the plants will crop year after year. Chive flowers are also edible.