East Sac Edible

Two for the Price of One: Splitting Garlic Chives

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Awhile back I saved some seed from my garlic chives and noted that I probably should divide the plants. Well yesterday I got some extra time in the garden and decided it was the perfect time to dig up the chives. Actually I don’t know if it was the right time to divide chives but in my garden whenever I have time to do something it is the right time. Chives grow in clumps and can get crowded so dividing them is a good idea for healthier plants.

This is what the front herb bed looked like before I started. There are three main chive plants in the bed.


I used my pitch fork to gently dig up all sides of the chive plant. DSC_2676 DSC_2677

Then I used my shovel to split the chive plant in two. I cleaned up some of the dead parts of the plants as well. DSC_2679 DSC_2680 DSC_2681

I put one division of the chive plant back into the original herb bed. Look, there is a landscaping rock that you can actual see now!

I put the new division in my second herb bed along the fence. I think they will be happy in their new home.

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