Mary's Veggie Garden

September 20, 2011

Dead-Head the Garlic Chives!

Filed under: Chives,Gardening,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 6:50 pm

Garlic chives with maturing seed clusters

It is time to dead-head the garlic chives. Although the seeds pods are still green, soon they will mature, dry, split open, and release their copious seeds into the garden. The result will be lots of new garlic chive plants next year. They can turn weedy very quickly.

How do I dead-head garlic chives? At this stage, if I try to pull out the flower stalk, the leaves pull out too. So I used scissor or grass clippers to clip the stalks down to about leaf height. Later, after the flower stalks turn dry and brown, I’ll pull them out or break them off.

Be sure to leave any remaining flowers for the bees; they love those blossoms.

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