Good enough to eat
●● Chives Clumps of chives are about to bloom in my rock garden, the small purple lollipop flowers adding colour and upright structure to the scene.
Both decorative and delicious, they are easy to grow in a sunny spot and the stems snipped to add a mild oniontype flavour to salads and dips.
Sow about 40 seeds per 13cm pot of multi-purpose compost with added John Innes on the windowsill or alternatively plant pot-grown specimens in spring or autumn, leaving 20cm (8in) between the clumps, water regularly and hopefully they will come back year after year.
You’ll need to divide clumps every few years for best results.