The slender shoots of Garlic Chives make delicious microgreens with a distinctive mild garlic flavour that brings a tasty treat to sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Microgreens are eaten as young seedlings prior to the first true leaves forming, when they are full of an intense range of flavours. A quick and easy crop that can be grown all year round indoors or in a warm greenhouse.
Sow microgreens thickly in pots or trays, on the surface of a good quality, free draining seed compost. Do NOT soak the seed prior to sowing. Water gently to settle the soil. Grow on a bright, sunny windowsill at an average temperature of 21-25C (70-75F). Do not exclude light as this aids germination. In winter, pots can be sealed inside a clear plastic bag or placed in a propagator to maintain adequate germination temperatures. Sow seed every 10 days for a continuous supply.
Keep the compost reliably moist until seedlings have developed. Microgreens can be harvested from around 10 -14 days after germination, when seedlings are around 5cm (2″) tall.