Prefer organic fertilizers
Kitchen herbs are primarily grown for consumption and should therefore come into contact with as little chemicals as possible. This is especially true for chives, as they are usually eaten raw. However, the high nutritional requirements of this herb can easily be met without expensive synthetic fertilizers from the garden center. Ripe compost - this is dark brown, rather crumbly and has a pleasant earthy smell - as well as manure (be careful with chicken or pigeon manure, this is particularly nitrogen-containing and therefore only to be used moderately) and horn shavings (€ 6.39 at Amazon *) are ideal to supply the plant with it at the beginning of the growing season in spring. During the summer you can use an organic liquid fertilizer for vegetables.
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Use kitchen waste for fertilization?
You may have heard this tip from your grandmother: Certain kitchen waste is great for fertilizing herbs. Eggshells, for example, do not need to be thrown away; instead, you can crush them and dissolve them in the watering water. They are a great fertilizer for plants that are hungry for lime. Coffee grounds are also good for chives, they are a mild fertilizer that is simply worked into the soil. However, you should be very sparing with coffee grounds, because they make the earth acidic - but chives need a rather alkaline pH value.
Fertilize chives in the garden and in the pot
Basically, herbs planted in the garden have to be fertilized much less often than potted plants - however, this also depends on how long the chives have been in the soil in question. Pot chives, which are repotted once a year, generally do not need any fertilizer - commercially available soil is heavily pre-fertilized so that additional care is not necessary. If, on the other hand, the plant is not repotted regularly or has been in the same place in the garden for a number of years, fertilizing about every three to four weeks is advisable. You can use special herbal fertilizers or liquid vegetable fertilizers (€ 26.15 at Amazon *) for this.
Tips & Tricks
Instead of liquid fertilizer, you can also use organic long-term fertilizers - so-called fertilizer pellets. These are simply worked into the soil in spring and release nutrients at regular intervals - so you can't forget to fertilize and your plants are taken care of.