How to rejuvenate chives

Do it:

Jun, Jul

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

May, Jun

Growing your own chives is easy, and provides a steady crop for use in salads, sandwiches and dips.

Chives grow very well in most conditions, withstanding poor soil, frost, partial shade and full sun. They require very little maintenance, but give them the occasional chop, and you'll be harvesting leaves and flowers right through the summer.

You will need

Secateurs

General fertiliser

Water

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Cut the whole clump down to soil level, using what leaves you can and putting the rest on the compost heap.

Water the cut plants well and add a general balanced liquid fertiliser, to help boost new root and top growth.

Within just four weeks, you'll have a flush of tender new stems, ready to cut for use in the kitchen.

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