How to Plant Chives
Chicory is an annual crop best planted in late summer or early fall when the ground is still warm from the earlier days of summer. Sowing to a grass that can handle the cold. Seeds can be sown in either a seed bed or a separate potting soil, depending on what works best for you. broadcast Chicory seeds on old pastures before the ground freezes in the evening or morning when the ground usually freezes for several hours at night. The freeze then creates large ice chunks that gradually melt over the next few days, leaving small holes in where the seedlings have fallen down.
When planting new chicory in the spring, don't start with large numbers as little roots will need room to spread after they have been established. Also with larger seed amounts, will there be enough drainage to allow for the root ball to move freely. Continue your regular maintenance throughout the season, watering at least once a week, but not more than twice as any water could cause damage to the young seedling and will affect the taste of your final product.
If planting your chives in the fall to make sure they are far enough away from frosts to avoid problems. It's also a good idea if you can find some early blooming shade tolerant bushes near your home. Some of the bushes that would be a good choice to plant your chives with are Swiss chard, field peas, or purple basil. The early blossoms of these will be just as delightful as those of the chicories you sow in the late spring. But, once the flowers begin to bloom, your garden will be transformed into a work of nature and beauty.
There are many different varieties of chicory herb plants that you can grow. Most are used for their seasoning as well as their aroma. Some varieties of chives can even grow up to six feet tall and have many stalks. In fact, if you have a beautiful garden already in place that is a flower bed, it is possible that you will be able to harvest all the herbs before they bloom. So you can save a lot of time by planting your chives early in the season and harvesting them right away.
A beginner in herb gardening will find it easier to sow chicory seed in clumps. That is one way to ensure that your garden grows to its full potential. But if you are simply beginning, it might take you more time to accomplish this task. It is important to note that if you are planting more than three types of herbs together, it might be best to purchase several small boxes of seeds and put them in them so that you will not be planting the same herb plants that clash with each other. That is why it is important to be familiar with your favorite chives before you attempt planting them in their own little spaces.
When you are ready to sow your chives, you can choose from two different ways of planting. The first method is to dig a hole about one foot deep and then place the seeds in the hole. Keep in mind that your seeds should always be kept dry, so keep some fresh water by the planting area. When the weather begins to heat up, you can remove the seeds and to sow the chives with new seeds.
You do not need to till the ground before you plant your chicory flower seed. Chicory is an herb that likes dry soil. Even in the most arid climate, you will find that watering your chives is not necessary at all. Instead, you can just lightly mist the soil. Just be sure that there are no standing water patches on the surface of the ground. If you are planning to use a sprinkler to water your seeds, it is best to follow the same procedure before you plant your seeds.
Once you have selected what type of chives you will be planting, it is time to prepare the location. Remember, planting a seed takes about four days to germinate. This means that it should be placed into the ground not more than five days before you want to see the results. If you live in a very warm climate, you can plant your seeds any time between spring and early summer. However, if you live in a colder climate, wait until the later part of the fall.