I was recently purchased avocados and some greens at a farmers’ market and was about to leave the vendor’s table. The vendor, a short man with lucid blue eyes, looked at me as he handed over the chives. “You can cut off the bottoms and plant them” he said. He said it as an afterthought or maybe it wasn’t. I took his word for it and said “really.” It was more of a question than a statement. “Okay I will try it” I promised him.
I went home that day and planted the bottoms of the chives in the garden and forgot about them for several weeks. A few days ago I was in the garden removing weeds. There were the chives a few inches taller than when I had planted them.