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Type: Herb
Seed #: 162
Common Name: Chives
Latin Name: Allium schoenoprasum
Variety: Heirloom
Colour: green
Temperature: 15C - 20C (59F - 68F) (Zone 2)
Blooms: 75 days
Site: Full Sun or Part Shade
Height: 20cm - 30cm (8" - 12")
Spread: 25cm - 30cm (10" - 12")
Quantity: 100 Seeds
Price: $3.33
Plant these to encourage birds and butterflies to visit your garden frequently. This plant is deer resistant.
Attracts
Butterflies
Deer
Resistant

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Chives


Notes: Cold hardy and easy to grow. Chives produce best in the rich well-drained soil. Plant throughout your garden, as it has a long history of natural insect control in the garden. A must-have for any healthy vegetable garden. Flowering chives slender, cylindrical leaves appear in early Spring. Flowering chives has an edible flower that appears in June and July. The stems and the light purple florets both have a pleasantly mild onion flavour for an attractive & tasty topping for baked potatoes, salads and soups.


Instructions: Direct seed at 2 mm deep. Chives will grow in ordinary garden soil and are best sown in groups to aid with the clumping effect. Beds should be replanted every 3 to 4 years and beyond weeding between the clumps no extra care is needed.


Habitat: Chives grow well in loamy soil well-drained soil. They are great companion plants for most other plants except peas and beans. The bonus of planting chives as 'garden guardians" even if you aren't a fan of eating them is, the chive odour masks other precious plants odours from damaging insects and other wildlife and their flowers are a haven for bees and other pollinators.


History: Chives are from China and were introduced to Europe by the famed traveller, Marco Polo. Chives were more than likely known to the Ancients as it grows wild in Italy and Greece. Although it is said to be a native of Britain, it is rarely seen in an uncultivated state.


Medicinal: In traditional medicine, apart from stimulating digestion, treating anemia, and enhancing the immune system, chives were eaten to treat and purge intestinal parasites. They have also been used in alternative medicine as a cure for colds and flu, and as an appetite stimulant.


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Cilantro   - Delicious in every way. Fast growing and superb for flavouring soups and meats with its leaves and stems or its aromatic seeds. Widely used in salsas or guacamole and is also used in many curry recipes. The leaves make an attractive garnish topping.   Basil - Genovese  -  These beauties produce spicy, heavily scented and flavoured leaves perfect for fresh pesto sauces. Dark green large leaves on tall plants that are slow to flower assisting in long harvest and excellent production. Hint: Use room temperature water rather than tap water for better production. Water seedlings far from stems(bottom watering highly recommended)especially when young. Like most herbs is also deer resistant. Planting in pots allows you to move your basil during inclement weather.   Basil - Thai Licorice - Thai basil has a licorice taste and clove-like scent. It produces small leaves on a purple stem and is delicious to the taste buds and the eyes. Flavourful fresh, dried or frozen in cubes. Hint: Use air temperature water rather than tap water for better production. Water seedlings far from stems (bottom watering highly recommended) especially when young.
Cilantro   Basil - Genovese   Basil - Thai Licorice
(Coriandrum sativum)   (Ocimum basilcum)   (Ocimum basilicum)

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