Okay. Lets learn about some herbs.
To start with, chives!
Chives are hardy perennials, that you can grow outside or on your windowsill! (I’m hoping to grow them in my apartment so that I can snip them off whenever I want to add them to my scrambled eggs, and/or salads, or simply use them as a garnish for a nice dish.)
For the longest time, I always used the terms “chives” and “green onions” interchangeably. However, chives are much smaller and thinner than green onions, and have a milder flavor.
I would like to start my chives from seeds, but they do take awhile to germinate, and actually need cooler temperatures to germinate (less than 15̊C). Seeds should be planted 1/2″ deep, in rows 12″ apart. Which translates to a pot that is at least 12 inches deep and about the same width if growing indoors. Outdoors, you can clump your chives. Meaning that you can plant them close together along the row (say about 25 seeds along 8 inches).
Chives will grow to be about 6-10″ tall. When you cut them for use, leave about 1-2″ of stem, and this will encourage them to regrow.
Et voila! There you have it. Fresh chives for any occasion. (Chives also freeze very well, and you can even dry them out, or use them to make infused vinegars).
You can grow them in the kitchen within arm’s reach or grow them in your garden. “Chives planted in the garden will grow for years once established” (veggieharvest.com).
If growing them in the garden, it is good to grow them alongside carrots, celery, grapes, roses and/or tomatoes. However you should not plant them near beans.
Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington