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Bloomin’ Chives

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My chives are really ahead of the game this year. We haven’t even planted much of anything in the main garden yet and the chives are already trying to bloom and go to seed. (I’ll get them under control today.) I’ve been working on my little gated herb garden this weekend. I’m making progress. It’s going to be soooo cute. I’m very excited about my little dedicated herb garden. I promise to post pictures as it comes together!


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on May 1, 2011  

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  1. 5-1
    1:21
    am

    My chives are loving this extended winter too. They are over two feet tall!

  2. 5-1
    6:06
    am

    Mine are starting to look good! Have to go out today and clean up all the leaves I mulch the herb garden with….hopefully no more snow–it is May 1st!

  3. 5-1
    6:43
    am

    Do you keep a garden journal?…bloom time from year to year of trees, herbs, periennals, which section of the garden you plant which vegetable (crop rotation)and which plants seemed to grow well together (companion plants), planting times (the signs, moon, dates planted,etc.),the last frost or freeze date of your last gardening year, and which vegetables you would drop out of the garden and which you would add more or would like to try the next year..all based on the records of your garden….I don’t, have a written record except what I jot on a large calendar..but try to have pictures of our raised beds..and have found that rotation and companion planting really helps…

  4. 5-1
    7:50
    am

    Have you made/tried chive blossom vinegar? It has a lovely pink color and smells/tastes garlic-y. Chives won’t bloom here for some time, but I look forward to pink vinegar. :pinkbunny:

  5. 5-1
    7:58
    am

    Shari, no, do you have a recipe for that? If you do, will you post it at Farm Bell Recipes? I’d love to try it!

  6. 5-1
    8:17
    am

    :sun: I can’t wait to see pictures of your herb garden!!
    Granny Trace

    http://www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

  7. 5-1
    9:06
    am

    My chives look just like yours, and they’re early here too. My 6 year old loves loves loves chives!! He finds them up before I do and once he starts picking and eating, there’s no stopping him. I can always tell when Joey’s been hitting the chives ~ I can smell his breath from 50′ away! LOL!

  8. 5-1
    9:09
    am

    Chives are looking good up here in WNY, also. I am surprised because I tossed them out on the back porch along with a couple of other herbs one day when it was sunny. Brought in the other things at night and left the poor little chives to struggle on their own. They look great, I swear they grew three inches overnight.

    I love drained yogurt cheese with fresh chives snipped in, fresh chive and garlic butter on Italian bread and I used them instead of onion on my quesedillas. Think I’ll do some cooking today.

  9. 5-1
    9:22
    am

    Chive blossoms are beautiful in salads, fresh from the stems and added with the last toss.

  10. 5-1
    9:28
    am

    My chives are growing like crazy and they are blooming.Pink vinegar? Sounds great! I never thought of putting the blooms in a salad… oh the things I learn here!

  11. 5-1
    9:47
    am

    Happy May Day! Love the chive blossom pic. Mine are still only about 4 inches tall but I have lots of them this year.

  12. 5-1
    10:34
    am

    I was going to post about chive blossom vinegar too! Just make sure your blossoms are totally dry, put in white vinegar, and let steep until desired color—usually a few weeks. Ehjoy!

  13. 5-1
    10:42
    am

    I don’t really have a recipe (but once you figure it all out, you can make it up) I put fresh chive blossoms in a jar/pretty bottle of white vinegar (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 full) and put it in the window. The flowers bleach out, the vinegar turns pink and then smells and tastes garlic-y. You can take out the flowers, but it looks pretty with them in the bottle.

    Makes a great salad dressing.

  14. 5-1
    11:53
    am

    Nice picture. Like the color of those chives

  15. 5-1
    12:29
    pm

    Chives are so easy and they go far for how little space they take up in the garden. Mine haven’t flowered yet but that’s maybe because I’ve been using them. And, I think they got weed-wacked a little!

    You take some really good pictures, Suzanne.

  16. 5-1
    2:14
    pm

    So pretty! I love using chive blossoms in my salads or as a garnish on eggy foods. They are so good!!

  17. 5-1
    3:05
    pm

    I live in WV along the Ohio River. My chives have been blooming for a couple of weeks now. I have two little gardens in my front yard where we cut down two overgrown evergreens, leaving 2 approx. 8 ft. diameter circles of dirt. Being a former math teacher, I made my herb garden like a pie. I planted onions to divide my garden into pie piece sections, making it easy to see the divisions. I’ve got sections for lettuce, dill, flat leaf parsley, chives, rosemary, basil, sage, and oregano. It’s so cute and mathematical!

  18. 5-2
    10:21
    am

    That make a pretty flower.

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