Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Chives (Al­lium schoeno­pra­sum)

Their pretty pink pint-size lol­lipop flower heads are now bloom­ing in my gar­den, which shows that herbs can be both dec­o­ra­tive and delicious - and chives are among the eas­i­est to grow.

Their mildly onion-flavoured spiky stems are hol­low and great snipped into sal­ads or dips for ex­tra tex­ture and flavour.

Plant pot-grown plants in a sunny spot in late spring or sum­mer, spac­ing clumps around 15cm apart. Wa­ter well in dry weather and weed around them. The clumps should ex­pand rapidly so you can lift and di­vide them ev­ery cou­ple of years.

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