June 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm 1 comment


Three chive plants came into my life last year thanks to the Calgary Horticultural Society‘s plant exchange and my ever-generous parents who are always digging up and donating plants from their yard. Two are planted in a dry, partial sun area in our front yard, and the other is in a moist shady spot in the back garden. All three of them came back and they are thriving. Each purple flower produces a seed head with dozens of hard, black seeds. I collected these last year and put them in our planter boxes alongside the lettuce and lots of tiny green shoots emerged after only a few weeks. Chives seem to thrive in our zone 3 garden.

Chives are perfect for people looking for edible, drought-tolerant, ornamental and hardy herbs. They grow well in sun, shade, containers and everywhere else. And for cold climate gardeners in places like Calgary, they’re a welcome sight in early spring as one of the first green shoots to come out of the ground after a long, long winter without fresh herbs from the garden.

As you can see in the photo above, our chives are just starting to flower. Chive flowers are beautiful to look at in the garden. Snipped chive flowers are also really tasty as a garnish, adding a simple elegance to anything coming out of the kitchen – soups, salads, omelets, pasta and other dishes. We use fresh chives in place of store-bought green onions, which is an easy way to eat locally.


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Orange, brie and almond salad Rainbow chard potato bake

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  • 1. Goodbye garden (part 1) « Nest and Sparkle  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    […] in our new place. I guess in some ways things won’t change at all. In Calgary I can see the first chives and my pretty violets starting to poke through the earth. I think if I can take a few of them along […]

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