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Herbs and Sprouting Seeds

Learn more about herbs and sprouting seeds with our thorough plant guide that shows you when to sow and harvest, plus the best conditions for these plants.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Chives Used as Culinary and Ornamental Plant
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Chives (<em>Allium schoenoprasum</em>)

The clumps of these easy-to-grow perennials have spiky leaves topped with purple pompon flowers, making them an excellent path edging. The delicate onion flavor of chives suits soups, salads, and quiches.
Sow: Early to late spring
Harvest: At any time
Soil Preference: Moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

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