|digging up chives|
Chives are also good for companion planting. Plant these in among your flowers for a great green back drop or around your garden.
The group of chive on the right would make about 1/2 of an 8 oz jar of dried chive.
The garlic chive has flat hollow leaves and be used and dried in the same way onion chives is used and dried.
The garlis chive has larger white flowers. These chive can be planted around the edges of your garden to deter bugs and within your flower beds as really effective green back drop that is edible.
To dry the chive, cut some leaves about 3 inches above the base of the chive plant. You plant will create addition leaves all summer long so don't worry about killing it or not having enough fresh fro cooking. Chive is a perennial and I have planted mine on one edge of the garden for future use and divided some of the clumps into smaller clumps to sell at the Farmers Market.
|Planting chive here on the other side of trees|
When you have a small bunch cut bring inside and run water over to rinse off any dirt and then cut in 1/8 to 1/4 pieces for drying.
Then I put my cut chive in a container lined with paper towel to absorbs moisture and let set on my kitchen table to dry. This can take a week to two weeks.
Store in a cool dry place just as you store your other herbs. The best way to store any herb is a dark bottle. That is why the "canned" spices will be fresher longer than the clear bottle spices.
Here is the video on HOW TO DRY CHIVE.
Do you dry any herbs from your garden or grow herbs for your summer cooking?