Chives are a top choice for the newer gardener and will add a delicious oniony flavour to a wide range of dishes. They’ll also look amazing in your raised garden beds when in bloom with their globelike pinky-purple blossoms, which are excellent pollinator attractors. They need little attention and are super simple to grow, especially in pots and raised garden beds and are rarely troubled by garden pests. In the kitchen, they can be used interchangeably with onions and pair well with omelettes, salads and soups as well as making a delightful herb butter.
What you’ll need
Chive seeds or seedlings from your local garden centre (we chose seedlings to speed up the process)
My First GardenTM
Quality potting mix
How to grow
- Choose a sunny or semi-shaded position for your raised garden bed.
- Prepare with quality potting mix.
- Plant seedlings or sow seeds directly into the soil.
- Water regularly especially in hot weather and feed with a liquid fertiliser every month.
- Pick as needed.
- Although the flowers are gorgeous if you are intending to use chives in the kitchen, cut off the blossoms to encourage a continuous supply of leaves.
Uncle Luke’s Cheese and Chive Omelette
Omelette’s are a household favourite for breakfast, lunch or dinner and are a great way to make use of an established chive plant.
8 free-range organic eggs
4 tablespoons of water
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 teaspoons of organic butter
Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 tbs chopped fresh chives
20g finely shredded cheese (Swiss, cheddar or mozzarella)
- Place eggs, water, salt and pepper in a bowl and lightly whisk with a fork until well combined and a little frothy.
- Heat 1/4 of the butter in a small non-stick frying pan and then add 1/4 of the egg mixture, tilting the pan slightly to cover the base.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes until just set.
- Repeat until egg mixture is finished.
- Sprinkle omelettes with fresh herbs and cheese.
- Use a fork to fold the omelettes in half.
- Serve and enjoy!
Not only do chives impart a delicious flavour to meals, they are also surprisingly chockfull of nutrients. They contain bone-building calcium, vitamin K and a sulphur compound called allicin (also found in onions and garlic) that helps to promote a healthy heart. They also have antibacterial properties and may aid digestion. Interested in other awesome planty goodness to grow in your raised garden beds? Check out the rest of our growing guides by clicking here!