Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kow choi, Allium tuberosum, or Garlic chives

Julie, Nancy, and I dug and replanted about 1/3 of the planting at the entrance to China Valley. It was part of our ongoing effort to add groundcovers to China Valley. I've never heard of Garlic chives being used as a groundcover but what the heck! It's very enthusiastic, spreading both by rhizome and seed. We try to weed whip the heads when the flowers brown and before the seeds set. I'd rather it would creep than jump. We removed about 8 square feet of plants and spread them over an area four or five times that size. It will be a lovely drift of white next summer. Betty brought in potato salad with Garlic chives; we must be on the same wavelength.

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