Allium schoenoprasum, commonly called chives, is in same genus as the more ornamental flowering plants. Use white or purple flowers of this herb as a garnish, and chop the aromatic stems to add a mild onion flavor to foods. These plants are pretty in containers or a cottage or herb garden.
Plan to serve three to four bite-sized foods that don't require reheating and can be laid out for the entire stretch of the holiday party, like this smoked salmon and cream cheese roll studded with chives.
Easy to grow alliums are perennials, and they’re related to chives, shallots and onions. If deer, voles, rabbits or other animals browse in your garden, you’ll find they usually leave these bulbs alone. Plant alliums in the fall, in well-drained soil, giving them plenty of sun.
Both culinary and medicinal herbs look fabulous in upcycled containers, baskets and containers such as small boots. Group herbs with similar water and sun needs together, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. For example, drought-tolerant Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, green onions and marjoram are perfect bed partners. These attractive planters also make great edible gifts.
Want an instant party hit? Combine two of the world's most popular ingredients: bacon + cheese. Just mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. Form into balls and chill. Roll in chopped chives and more chopped bacon.
Start your own seeds indoors with a windowsill propagation kit. This type of kit includes everything you need to sprout a crop of basil or chives for a windowsill herb garden. The covers for the containers provide a greenhouse effect, but also offer the option of venting open to prevent heat and moisture build up.
These perennial weeds smell like their namesakes, and there’s no mistaking their presence when you mow over them. Wild onion has flat leaves, while garlic is round. They both grow from bulbs and form clusters similar to chives. To remove them, avoiding hand-pulling. It only serves to separate the main bulb from the tiny bulblets surrounding it, which remain in soil and sprout. To dig wild onion or garlic, excavate about 6 inches deep to get the whole bulb. Otherwise, spray with herbicide. The kind that kills nutsedge works on wild onion and garlic. In late spring, these weeds produce small bulbs atop long stems. Snip these and destroy them. They contain new bulbs—they’re this weed’s way of spreading and covering new ground.