Chives are a clumping herb, and while they are related to onions, most gardeners insist they have a very mild garlic taste also. Chives enliven any vegetable, casserole, or salad dressing/dip recipe. Chives are useful when planted in the same vicinity as carrots, as their pungent odor helps to repel carrot root flies. Chives should be planted in moist organic rich soil. Chives should be picked while green and between 4” to 6” in length.