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Growing chives with kids

Chives grow like tall grass, and produce flowers which you can eat too! The flowers also attract bees and butterflies. Chives are a member of the onion family, but taste milder. They're easy to grow and don't take up much room. You can grow them in the ground, containers, or a pot on your kitchen windowsill.

What you'll need:

  • • Chive seeds
  • • Container and compost
  • • A watering can
  • • Scissors for harvesting

Step 1: Sow your seeds

chives in potsChives grow well in pots or in the ground
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  • • Chives aren't fussy - they grow in sun or shade in any soil.
  • • Sow your seeds from April, directly onto the compost.
  • • Cover them with a layer of compost, and gently water.
  • • Seedlings will appear within two weeks.

Step 2: Look after your chives

chive flowersBees love chive flowers!
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  • • Thin your plants to 10cm apart when they're big enough to handle.
  • • Chives don't need much, except for a little water when it's dry.
  • • They die back in autumn but they'll return next spring.

Step 3: Harvest your chives

harvesting chivesCut fresh chives as and when you need them.
Image: Kay Fochtman
  • • Your chives will be ready about three months after sowing the seeds.
  • • Snip some off with scissors when you need them.
  • • Always leave 5cm of leaves to continue growing.
  • • When they grow back you can cut more.

Types of chive:

There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more chive facts!

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growing chives with kids pdf

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