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Hudson Valley Seed Company

Organic Garlic Chives Seeds

Regular price $ 3.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 3.95 USD

Art Pack. 200 seeds. Allium tuberosum

One of the first spring herbs in the spring gives way to pretty white flowers in the summer.
Public Libraries are hotspots of culture, and sometimes hotpots of food culture. At the Gardiner Library, Insook, a frequent library patron and avid gardener, would regularly bring in food to feed the library staff. One such treat became the reason we now grow and sell seeds for Garlic Chives. Although it appeared to be a jar of chopped lawn grasses, Insook's favorite kimchi, made entirely of garlic chive stalks, remains one of the best and simplest kimchis ever. Find the recipe on our blog when it's time to harvest this uniquely flavored chive from your garden.
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Spacing in Row 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 1 inch

Chives are easy to grow and thrive in a number of garden places, including borders and containers. Start seeds indoors as early as March 1, keep watered but not wet. Transplant outdoors in clumps when chives are about 3", as soon as the soil can be worked. Alternately, direct sow outdoors as soon as soil can be worked an a weed free area. Chives will grow slowly at first, but once established are extremely hardy and fast growing. For best culinary quality, cut chives, one established, every week or two.

Art by Lynne Bittner.Lynne Bittner loves wildflowers and makes her living selling her illustrations of them with her design partner and husband Richie Bittner. Together they have created Wildflower Graphics in Greenwich, NY on the banks of the Battenkill River, a few miles east of the Hudson. Lynne is a self taught illustrator. In her early twenties she was inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, written in 1906. It included her water colors of flora and fauna of the English countryside, along with poetry that she loved. The discovery of this book made a lasting impression on Lynne in many ways and she began to dabble with her own drawings and water colors of local woodland wildflowers, such as dutchmen’s breeches, jack in the pulpits and lady’s slippers to name a few. Lynne's illustrations begin at the drawing board with a line illustration done by hand. Then together with Richie, the drawing is scanned and color, texturing and formatting are created digitally, each illustration taking many hours to complete. They are studio printed on archival papers using archival inks and individually signed by the artist.

From the Artist: "I enjoy the challenge of creating illustrations for The Hudson Valley Seed Library. The assignments that I have been given are not necessarily something I would normally select as an illustrator, thus propelling me into a territory where I am creatively on edge - though a bit unnerving, the end results are always so satisfying! So far, I have created 3 art packs - Mammoth Dill, Lovage and Garlic Chives. I love supporting their efforts and am grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of this most important enterprise."

Medium: hand drawn line/ digital color