This is an unnamed, unusual garlic chive (Allium tuberosum) that I have been growing in my urban Toronto garden for several years. I originally bought it at a plant sale, but quickly realized it was different than the standard garlic chives I've grown before or since. It features smaller flower heads that consistently bloom several weeks to a month earlier. Once established, this plant is highly tolerant of extreme conditions. It thrives in a xeriscaped bed, with full sun and sandy soil that I do not fertilize or water. Allium flowers are attractive to a wide range of pollinators, but through the years this one has brought beneficial insects to the yard that I've never seen before.
More About Garlic Chives and How to Use Them:
Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum) is an underrated food crop and herb that I couldn't live without. In my Toronto garden this tough-as-nails reliable is one of the earliest edibles to emerge after a long, cold winter. Mild, tender, first of the season leaves are a welcome addition to early salads and steamed sautéed leafy greens mixes that continue straight through to late fall. As the leaves mature in size and flavour, I add them to stocks, soups, and Asian stir fries or minced in dipping sauces and my favourite Vietnamese summer rolls. Excess bulbs can be dug up and pickled or used as a strongly-flavoured substitute for onion. Harvest healthy leaves before the end of the growing season and free for winter use.
The pretty white flowers, which bloom in late summer are also edible and taste mildly garlic with just a hint of sweet nectar. Bees and wasps are especially drawn to them, making this an excellent companion plant that will attract pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden even if the flavour is not your thing.
Prefers full sun and well-draining soil, but I have found it to be adaptable to shadier, moister locations. Loved by pollinators. Ornamental. Self-seeding perennial. All parts edible. Thin, flat leaves and small white flowers. Blooms late season. Hardy zones 3-10.
Approximately 100+ seeds per packet.
Grown and harvested in the 2017 gardening season.
Growing Info: This is an easy plant to start from seed. Direct sow seed outdoors after last frost. To start indoors, sow into pots about 8-10 weeks before the last frost in your area. Here in Toronto I prefer to start as early as February so they have lots of growth before planting out around the time of the last frost (May). Be sure to harden off seedlings before planting them outside. Detailed instruction on how to grow onion family plants (Alliums) from seed and the hardening off process can be found at YouGrowGirl.com.
About My Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens. More about my seeds can be found in the About section.
Gayla Trail is the creator of YouGrowGirl.com, the hit community for enthusiastic gardeners, where she has spent almost two decades sharing her experiences growing in whatever space she had available. Gayla is a respected, internationally recognized garden authority and the author of books on growing in difficult, urban spaces: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces, and Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces (translated into three additional languages). Her fifth book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, Wonder, and Discovery is out now.
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All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. I DO NOT sell genetically modified products! Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.