Chives

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Every garden plant has a story. This particular batch of chives came from my mother’s garden soon after we bought our first house. They thrived there for twenty five years and came with us to our new house. They are even happier here. Our vegetable garden is nothing but raw earth as it’s still snowing from time to time. These chives don’t mind at all. They are ready to be harvested even as they poke through the morning snow cover.

Allium is widespread though out Europe, Asia and North America and their culinary usage dates 5000 years. It’s no wonder they grow everywhere as they are indestructible. They have no diseases and in fact repel insects due to their sulphur compounds. I plant it amidst lettuce in the hopes that they keep insects away.

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