chives

chives

I'd like to grow chives, for flowers as well as the green parts (they are leaves, I suppose?). I don't have outdoor space to speak of, so the chives would be planted in a wooden wine crate that would eventually end up on my sunny balcony. My question is, do I sow the chives now, indoors? Do I sow them now and put the box right out on the balcony (I'm in Boston, which is zone 5, so it's warming up, but we may well still have cold weather and the official last frost date is May 2 or so)? Do I start them in starter pots and transplant? How much horizontal space does a single chive plant need? Sorry for so many questions, but I have found the seed packet (and internets) thoroughly uninformative...
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Gourds and tomatoes

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Our light set up seed thingy

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Spring in bloom!

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It’s raining again, but hey, what the heck………

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beware lots of clutter~

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Container garden success!