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Chives (allium schoenoprasum)
Perhaps one of the easiest herb to grow is chives. Plant them once and they will come up every year, whether you like it or not. I once had chives growing from between the rocks of my patio, due to letting them bloom and go to seed and blow about the garden. All they need is light and water and you're all set. If you want them to grow well throughout the year then as soon as they start to flower (as in the photo) you must snip off the bloom or else they will go to seed. Trimming also keeps them from getting stringy and turning brown at the tip. But of course there is the advantage to trimming, as whatever you trim can be used as a seasoning in your food!
Using chives: Chives can be used raw, or added to the dish at the end of cooking. They are very delicate, so snip them with a scissors to avoid bruising.They are good in salads, omelets and potato dishes, and they make a wonderful garnish. When they are blanched they can be used to tie small bundles of vegetables.