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Friday Favorite: Garlic Chives

August 11th, 2017

A few years ago I heard about garlic chives and purchased a small plant at a local nursery and planted it in the garden. It wasn’t happy in that spot and languished for the next few years, my guess is that the quack grass in the area was providing too much competition. Last summer, I finally decided it needed moved to the main vegetable garden to see if it would perk up and look better. If it continued to languish it would head to the compost pile. After a year in this new spot it is thriving and is stunning!

It has probably quadrupled in size and it is blooming profusely. The golf ball sized white blooms are a favorite for the honeybees. Garlic chives make a great addition to the mid/late season garden. So often this is the time when things are starting to wane and fall flowers haven’t picked up yet. This plant would be great in a mixed border or a mass planting. Now that this beauty has taken off, I’m going to propagate it to add it around the garden. The potager could definitely use some shorter, round flowers this time of year. I’m thinking this will pair beautifully with my Russian tarragon.

What plants are you loving in the garden right now?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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