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Friday, June 17, 2011

Repurposing Chives

The other day I mentioned to my mother-in-law that the chives I was growing (transplanted from her garden) were thriving.  This is a big deal for me as I lack a green thumb. I've already managed to kill off my new basil and my rosemary is turning brown on the ends (too much sun?).

She mentioned a really cute idea I had never considered - cutting the purple flowers and sticking them in a vase. She'd recently seen this done at Yellow Fender (a fantastic cafe/bistro/caterer near Christopher Lake).

I gave it a shot as my chives were just bursting with flowers...it wouldn't hurt to chop off a few.

I'm pretty pleased with the results and I'm loving that they do double duty as both food and decoration.

4 comments:

Sephie said...

so jealous!! i have the worst luck with chives.. i don't know what i do wrong.. they just dry up and die on me! 3rd year trying now.. :(

Jules said...

I think I'm going to start using the climate as a scapegoat...and maybe you should too! My basil always did SO WELL in Ottawa, but here I can't seem to make it grow. Maybe I have a good climate for growing chives here, and Ottawa just isn't conducive...

Sephie said...

hmm.. il ike that... my basil isn't doing great either. but it might be coz they're totally hidden from the sun by the crazy giant tomatoes that have taken over half my garden bed! i got some peas today though!!

Jules said...

nice!! going to check them out on your blog right now as I see you made a post about your garden!