Chives bloom in a garden near Langley. They are lovely to look at but the plant’s flavor declines and changes once it begins to flower. Extend the harvest by pinching back the plants to keep them from blooming.
By Dean Fosdick, Associated Press
Grow your own culinary herbs for low-cost accents for your meals and your table, as the blooms make fragrant centerpieces.They're easy to grow from a plant or seed, according to Burpee chairman George Ball. Burpee's Pinnacle Herbs line includes 50-plus varieties.Extend the harvest by pinching back the plants often to keep them from flowering, Ball said.Taste a little leaf at the nursery if you're undecided about which plant is for you. See www.culinary herbguide.com for more on growing and cooking with herbs.