By: Amy Grant
There are a number of reasons to grow your own produce. Maybe you want to have control of how your food is grown, organically, with no chemicals. Or maybe you find it less expensive to grow your own fruits and veggies. Even if you have a metaphorical black thumb, the following article fulfills all three topics. How about regrowing garlic chives? Growing garlic chives in water without soil really couldn’t be easier. Read on to find out how to regrow garlic chives.
Growing garlic chives in water couldn’t be simpler. Simply take an unpeeled garlic clove and plunk it in a shallow glass or dish. Cover the clove partially with water. Don’t submerge the entire clove or it will rot.
If you select organically grown garlic, then you will be regrowing organic garlic chives. This can save you a bunch of money since organics can be pricey.
Also, if you happen upon an old bit of garlic, often the cloves have begun to sprout. Don’t throw them out. Put them in a bit of water as above and, in no time, you will have delicious garlic scapes. Roots will be seen growing in a few days and shoots soon thereafter. Growing garlic chives without soil is that easy!
Once green stems have formed, you can use the garlic chives. Just snip the green ends as needed to add to eggs, as a tasty garnish, or in anything you want a kick of mild garlic flavor.
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Did you know that you can regrow garlic? Most people don’t look at the paper-covered cloves and immediately think of lush, green plants. Fortunately, garlic sprouts (also known as scapes) are absolutely delicious, and easy to grow. Read on to learn how to grow them and use them in all kinds of delicious dishes.
Binomial Name: Allium Tuberosum
Varieties: Gau Choy, Nira
Great for dressing up potatoes and spicing up salads, this easy-to-grow Allium’s pinkish-lavender flowers make an attractive clump or edging in flower gardens.
Low Fert., Damp, Acid, Droughty
While chives will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, they prefer slightly acid soil (pH 6.2 to 6.8) with moderate fertility and high organic matter.
Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are slightly less hardy, only to Zone 4 without extra winter protection.
Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) grow up to 2 feet tall.
The common garden chive has pinkish lavender flowers. The cultivar ‘Forescate’ has rose red flowers. 'Corsica" and 'albiflorum' have white flowers. Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) have white flowers.
Spreading clump of upright, grass-like leaves.
In spring or fall, direct seed onto well-prepared seedbed (covering very lightly), or transplant established plants. (If starting from seed, plants probably won’t be large enough to harvest for at least a year.)
Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy and encourages spreading. Keep flowers picked to discourage dormancy in warm weather.
No fertilizer is needed if planted in reasonably fertile soil. Plants harvested frequently benefit from nitrogen top-dressing.
Divide and replant clump in fresh soil every three to five years.
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If you’d like to grow some garlic but don’t have the space for a garden or a large potting container, you can try growing garlic in water. Growing garlic in water is a great way to have fresh garlic available whenever you like, without the hassle and expense of going to the grocery store. Be aware that when you grow garlic in water, you won’t be able to grow entire new cloves. Rather, you’ll be able to grow leaves (also called garlic sprouts) out of the top of a garlic clove. These sprouts have the texture of green onions but with a mild garlicky flavor.
You may also wish to divide established chives every two to four years to help plants stay productive. The best time to divide and replant chives is in late summer to early fall, depending on your grow zone.
While most herbs are divided and replanted in spring, chives thrive by trimming and dividing later in the season. The trimming stimulates new growth. Since chives are a hardy cool weather herb, the new growth in fall is full and sweet. Dividing chives later in the season also sets the stage for beautiful spring blossoms.
Dividing chives is simple and best done after a rain or a few hours after watering to soften the soil. Cut the chive leaves or stalks down to about four inches tall, then gently remove a clump of three or four plants from the soil.
Replant your divided chives eight to twelve inches apart and approximately half an inch deeper than before. Make sure the roots stay moist while they are getting re-established.
½” deeper than before.
A drooping chive plant isn’t uncommon. Luckily, even if your chive plant is near-death, as long as it has a little bit of life left in it, it can be relatively easy to revive it. In order to do this, the reason for drooping must be established first. There could be several reasons why your chive is drooping, and we’re going to explain all possibilities for you one-by-one below:
With a delicate floral flavor, marjoram is an herb from the mint family and is a sub-species of oregano. Since the flavor is so subtle, it is best when its fresh leaves are added at the end to a dish—just like this recipe for roasted potatoes from Vegetarian Times.
Give these a try and we hope you find that regrowing your own herbs from the cuttings you buy at the store is much easier than most people think.
Next time you encounter a recipe that calls for fresh rosemary or oregano, don't forget to pick up pots and soil as well: you'll never have to buy these herbs again!
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