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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Growing Chives - Homesteading 101
Chives started from seed can take a year before they're large enough to harvest. In about 2-3 years you will then be able to divide the clumps for more plants. So if you have the time, it's worth doing.
Plant Size: Height 12-15”
Harvesting Chive Seeds
Harvest early in the morning whenever the leaves are large enough. The best time to harvest is when the leaves are young and before the seeds develop. Snip off leaves or snip off the entire clump leaving 2”.
This method works well for tender herbs with soft stems and leaves.
Chives are one of the best herbs to freeze. For best results, use frozen Chives within 1-2 years.
Clean and thoroughly dry the Chives. Mince and firmly pack the Chives into ice cube trays 3/4 full. Add water to fill and freeze. Transfer frozen cubes into a labeled freezer bag to store.
Pick your herbs in bunches right before you intend to store them. Tie the bottom of the bunch together with twine and hang upside down to dry in a dry, low humidity area. For added protection against dust, you can put the bundles inside paper bags with plenty of holes for ventilation. When the herbs are dry, the leaves will crumble easily between your fingers. Store dried chives in an airtight container.
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