Pretty, quick and easy
You will need
Carrot seeds ‘Paris Market Atlas’ 2 chive plants John Innes No.2 compost Wooden crate approx 70cm wide x 40cm deep x 25cm high
Pink chive flowers and feathery carrot leaves make this a pretty combination. Both crops are tolerant of drying out and like a free-draining soil, so use John Innes No.2 compost and place the crate in a sunny location. Fill it with compost, then take two chive plants and split both into four smaller clumps. Plant these in the crate, spaced evenly. Then sow the carrot seeds thinly around them, about 5cm apart. Water in, and continue watering regularly – don’t let the compost dry out, especially when the carrot roots are forming. Thanks to their pungent aroma, plants in the onion family are said to deter carrot fly, so the chives might help to combat this pest.
Snip chive leaves and flowers as and when you need them and the plants will keep growing. Harvest the carrots when they’re about the size of radishes.
Chives – with onion-flavoured foliage and edible flowers Short or roundrooted carrots, ideal for containers Wooden crate stained and lined with an old compost bag plantabox.co.uk
Sprinkle chive flowers into salads or leave in place to add colour to the display – deadhead when they fade