I wait until the first growth is big and healthy.
Then they get lopped off, brought into the kitchen . . .
. . . and prepped for the freezer.
I'm currently using my last container from last year. I don't know if you can read the label but it says 4-25-12. That's exactly one year ago today that I put up my chive stash.
The above picture shows what one of my clumps of chives looks like this morning. Yup, that's it just to the left of the trellis. You may not be able to see them in the picture but there are tiny little shoots of green chives (bless their hearts) poking up through the soil . . . and under the snow.
Now granted, last year we had an extremely early spring. I'm sure the harvest date of April 25th was the earliest I've ever had for the chives.
Mother Nature seems to still have control over the situation so we never know what we're going to get, do we? But what a difference between last year and this!
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Our new computers arrived two days ago and dear daughter has offered to start installing them today. I don't know if Papa Pea's computer is slated to be installed first or if she'll be working on mine. At any rate, I have no idea how much time the switcherooney will take, so if I seem unusually quiet in Blogdom for a period, you'll know it's just because I have a few loose wires.