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Guide to Growing Chives

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Chives are an herb that can be grown indoors or outside and have the added benefit of being a natural insect repellent, protecting plants they are near
  • Chives are a member of the onion family packed with nutrients and were ranked 14th out of 47 other powerhouse fruits and vegetables
  • Chives can be started from seed or purchased at the garden store, grown in containers, in the ground or inside, available in several different varieties to meet your culinary needs and harvested nearly all summer long

If you don't grow herbs in your garden, outside containers or inside, you're missing out on powerful flavors, variety in your meals and impressive health benefits. Aromatic herbs are an excellent key ingredient to any garden, most providing you with a full summer of growth and beauty. Herbs are derived from the leafy green parts of plants, like their leaves and stems, while spices come from other parts, such as flowers, roots, bulbs or bark.


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