Chives are small members of the onion family. They share many physical traits with onions, including the hollow, tubular leaves, the bristled flowers, bulbous roots, and overall flavour. Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow, growing just about anywhere, but prefer strong light and rich soil. Chives also don’t do as well in soil that is too wet or too dry. The chives are ready to harvest at about a foot tall and you do this by simply snipping off what you need. When harvesting chives, you can cut the chive plant back to half its size without harming the plant. If your chive plant starts to flower, the flowers are edible as well. Add the chive flowers to your salad or as decorations for soup.