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5 Benefits of Garden Chives

home vegetable gardens

My chives are in full bloom.  This is a volunteer that showed up in the back of the garden.  I’ll give it another week, and than I’ll remove the flowers and cut it back to 1 – 2 inches. This should give it a good start for another harvest later in the season.  

Removal of the flowers is important; otherwise, the seeds will blow and the plant will take over your garden.  This is how I ended up with this volunteer.  I was a little slow removing them last season.  

Supposedly, the flowers on this plant are edible, but I’ve never consumed them.  For some reason, I just can’t get past the thought of flowers in my food.  They can be used to decorate a dish or vegetable tray.  

Chives can be used fresh or frozen.  You can chop and seal them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator.  I also freeze them for use over the winter.  

There are several other benefits to eating chives and they are very easy to grow.  Once they are planted, they require regular watering and a little fertilizer.  My soil is so rich, I usually by-pass this part of the maintenance, but I do water them.  Here a few other reasons to grow and eat chives:

1.  They’re a magnet for beautiful butterflies.  

2.  They are delicious on baked potatoes, omelets and other dishes that call for onions.  I love them in salads as well.  

3.  They are a great source of antioxidants and can help fight cancers in the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries and lungs.  This study is from the University of Maryland Medical Center.   

4.  They are a great source of Vitamin K, which is good for bone strength.  

5.  They help lower blood pressure and cholesterol according to the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.

Plant a few chives.  They return year after year and will enhance the flavor of your dishes.

Can I Borrow Three Million Dollars

St. Croix real estate

Looking for water front property? This one is for sale.  I fall in love with it several years ago while vacationing in St. Croix, VI.  I was vacationing at Chenay Bay Beach Resort, and this beauty was outside of my chalet.  I could only see the side of the house from my view, but it was stunning so I snapped a few pictures to add to my “If Only I Was A Millionaire” dream book. It was so beautiful sitting on a bluff above the Chenay Bay Beach.

Imagine my surprise when I saw it listed for sale.  I just happened to be browsing Google and noticed a post that listed homes for sale in the Virgin Islands.  I decided to click on the link.  When I saw it, I immediately recognized it.  The house felt so familiar, but I was still in disbelief.  I was wondering what the chances were of the picture listed in the post being the house I fell in love with while vacationing.  So I kept reading and the article confirmed that it was in fact the house in St. Croix.  If only I would hit the lottery for $3 million this baby would be mine.  Truth be told I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket in my life, but if I was blessed with millions, I would be blogging daily from St. Croix, VI.   Oh yes I would.  

Here’s the front of the house, photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty in St. Croix.  The house has 3.5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  It comes furnished along with a chef’s kitchen, heated infinity pool with a waterfall, hot tub and waterside BBQ dining area.  You can see the hurricane windows in the pictures.  It boasts 15 foot ceilings and marble floors imported from France, the door hardware was made in Croatia, and the cabinetry was built in New Hampshire here in the states. While I was vacationing, we experienced a power outage.  Not to worry, generators keep the power on in this baby.  I wouldn’t miss a beat blogging, lol.    

Look at the view from the kitchen and breakfast area.  Can you imagine waking up to this view each morning.  I know how I felt waking to it the week I was vacationing there.  It is beautiful.  Sail boats pass by, vacationers are on jet skis or just enjoying the water.  It also has a nice island that you can see in the background.  I can vouch, that it is gorgeous and so quiet.  I had the same view from my chalet.   The only draw back, they drive on the opposite side of the road in St. Croix.  I guess I could get used to it, but it was strange.   

Look at the view from the bedroom.  How can you not wake feeling refreshed.  The canopy bed stays.  I have a canopy bed too.  It’s like it was furnished just for me   Oh well, a girl can dream can’t she.  

If you like this post you may also like:  My Vacation In St. Croix