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“Growing ingredients (seeds/varieties)”

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  • started 5 years ago by Anita
  1. The availability of fresh ingredients is very limited where I am, and I'd like to plan a little garden around Korean vegetables/herbs. What would you want fresh veggie-wise? Garlic, radishes, sweet potatoes, onions . . . help?
    (Also, if there's a seed company or something that sends things to the US, that'd be great. Thanks!)

  2. I would like to plant kkaennip (sesame leaves: perillar leaves), tomatoes, Chinese cabbage for kimchi, radish". I would not plant garlic because you can get it easily everywhere.

  3. I found one website...

    They have a nice variety of asian seeds available. I've never ordered from them, but they claim to be a Yahoo! store, so they should be legit.

    The other option is to go to your nearest Home Depot or Lowe's and ask if they can order any asian herbs for you.

    If I could grow a garden, I'd love to try oriental cucumbers and hot peppers. Oriental cucumbers are so much crunchier than English ones. And hot pepper plants are so pretty. I love having them around. But I live in an apartment, so it's container gardening for me... Right now, we've grown grape tomatoes and I just picked up a pack of green onion seeds. I've also grown chives, but not from seed.

    Good luck with your garden, Anita!!!

  4. Hello!

    If I had the patience to keep a vegetable garden, I would love to grow the korean cucumbers. They are the best!! My mom would pickle them in various methods and it would last forever.

    Currently, I have a very neglected vegetable garden of sesame leaves and peppers. It was actually left over from when my mom used to live with me. I should do something with it. =(

  5. I've ordered from Evergreen Seeds and everything I planted did bloom. I even managed to harvest a good supply of royal crown daisy/edible chrysanthemum for soups...which is great since I love eating it and can only get to an Asian market once a month. The other plant I grew was the Korean mild pepper, which I also managed to harvest. Pretty good yield, even though I'm not much of a gardener. I bought some others seeds as well, but as I was limited to containers at the time, I didn't plant them.

    When my mother was gardening at our old house, she would plant the following:

    1. Asian cucumbers
    2. Hot and mild pepper plants
    3. What she calls sesame leaves but I think the given name is perilla.
    4. Korean watercress (she had hers growing in a kiddie pool since they requires LOTS of water)
    5. Korean radish
    6. Korean cabbage

    I'd throw in some edible crown daisy/chrys. They're used in a lot of spicy stews, and what you don't use will go to flower so think of it as an edible AND ornamental. Evergreen has several varieties of plants to choose from, so they should accomodate various growing regions. We are "lucky" enough to live in the deep southern regions of Georgia, so we got lucky with some of the items which can't take a frost. One day I'd love to try my hand at Korean melon, but this year I was too lazy. I do have a nice kalamansi (filipino citrus) growing on my front porch though.

  6. My mother in law grows perilla, korean melon, korean red peppers, bell peppers, chives, green onion, cabbages, garlic, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, beans, and edible flowers.
    Me, I just grow dandelions and sunflowers. And we eat them both.

  7. Hello

    I would like to grow a vegetable garden next year. I was thinking of a self watering container garden since I live in the city. Any one know how these vegetables fare in these types of gardens?


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  8. Just received my seeds from Evergreen Seed Co.:

    Oriental Radish
    Oriental Spinach
    Chinese Leek
    Asparagus Bean

    I'm going to attempt to grow these in our area this year. The temperature is cool here and constant 65-70 degrees, summers are foggy so don't really know how they will grow.

  9. Cilantro, perilla leaves are very easy to grow. Also chives (both european and asian). I coulnd't imagine hot peppers being very hard either.

    With perilla keep in mind that it will take a very long time to sprout, but as soon as it does it grows very rapidly. You will want to pick the very young leaves, because in my experience the plant gets tougher and more bitter when maturing. So the enormous perilla leaves, you will probably want to buy in the store. Perilla plant also gives ddeulkkae seeds (and cilantro gives coriander seeds which can be used as a spice in things like indian cuisine, etc.)

    Most greens won't be very hard to grow either. I planted 'mustard spinach' once and it was almost like a weed, overtaking my garden ! I think the crysanthemum is a very good idea. Perhaps they sell minari on that site as well.

    If you want to grow fruits, consider raspberries. It will take a couple of years before the plant is mature, but when it is you have delicious fruit. It is a climbing plant, so grow it against your fence or something. Also strawberries are of course a classic; just be careful not to let the snails eat them.
    Blackberries can also be grown, but are better picked in the wild for they are ubiquitous anyway (here in europe we have to look for them, but in America they should be everywhere simply because there's more nature).

  10. My 2nd shipment from Kitazawa Seed Co. consist of the following:

    1) Thai Chili
    2) Korean Radish
    3) Sesame Black
    4) Japanese Mugwort
    5) Pepper-Japanese
    6) Chinese Leek Flowering Type
    7) Chinese Leek Hiro Haba
    8) Ordered Some Burdock this week

    Just going to try planting some of these seeds in pots. I'll keep you posted as to what grew. We have LOTS of gophers in our lawn and neighborhood, so potted plants are the best way to go.

  11. Currently I have Chinese Leeks, Chinese Pea Pods, all varieties of radishes, carrots, Burdock, Mugwort, Bush Beans, Edible Mums, Zukes, Dwarf Peas, Mustard, Turnips, Beets, Chinese Chives, Mustard, tomatoes, potatoes and all varieties of herbs growing. The only disappointment is the Perilla Leaves that never came up this year. :)


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  12. ...cont...Photos of the tomatoes and zuke...


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  13. of Chinese Chives, carrots, lettuce, Burdock and Bush Beans... :)


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  14. Awesome photos! I wish I could visit your house to see these precious things! You really have a green thumb! I'm very happy for you!

  15. April 2, 2012 (Monday): This season's Mugwort growing in a pot. Made Mugwort Soup 쑥국 for the first time. I will be making the flavorful soup again as long as the Mugwort keeps growing. :D (ZONE 9)


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  16. I can almost smell your ssukguk! Beautiful precious soup made with home grown ssuk (mugwort)! The recipe is here!

  17. Saturday July 21, 2012: Wish our Perilla Leaves were sprouting but not having any luck for last year and this year (it is a difficult seed to sprout in our Zone 9 apparently). If anyone has 100% seed germination, I'd like to hear of your secrets in "how-to-grow" Perilla Leaves! :D This dish ( ) is garnished with homegrown Chives and Mints. This year the Chinese Sweat Peas, Korean Rat Radish are doing excellent! Dill and Fennel do well in Zone9 (which is perfect for our Pacific King Salmom Gravlax Recipe and Smoked Salmon that my husband makes.) Zukes are being harvested and Chinese Chives are getting ready for the next Kimchi Batch. What is everyone else doing? :P


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  18. I think germinating perilla seeds can be fickle due to dormancy issues. Some people say they may be dormant for over a year. Personally, instead of dealing with the seeds, I just take cuttings from an existing plant and root them to keep a constant supply of new perilla plants. They are very easy to root in my experience, as long as you keep the cutting in soil in a quite humid container until they form roots. The only drawback of course is that you need an existing perilla plant, but I've even been able to root cuttings found in a korean grocery store. Hope that gives some good suggestions. I'm zone 7 so I guess your mileage may vary.

  19. I have had very good luck with perilla in Florida. I got my seeds from

  20. September 21, 2013: My garden in a greenhouse for the very first year. Zone 9. In our area along the Pacific Ocean, a greenhouse is necessary to grow Korean vegetable plants---three varieties of tomatoes, Perilla Leaves, Jalapenos, Chinese Chives, Basil, and Tomatillos. Trying out the new greenhouse this year to see what grows and since it does fantastic, next year my Asian garden will be even larger. :D


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  21. Sept. 22, 2013: Ok, here is the end result of Perilla pickled leaves that I got to taste this morning. It tasted so fresh and delicious! :)


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  22. oksibak,
    Thank you for sharing the photo of your garden! I think it's perfect: full of fresh, homegrown ingredients. Looking at them must make you really happy and satisfied, and using the bounty to prepare meals must make you even happier! Hopefully you saved some room to grow beautiful flowers, too!

    Thanks again for posting these photos here!

  23. oksibak,
    Thank you for sharing the photo of your garden! I think it's perfect: full of fresh, homegrown ingredients. Looking at them must make you really happy and satisfied, and using the bounty to prepare meals must make you even happier! Hopefully you saved some room to grow beautiful flowers, too!

    Thanks again for posting these photos here!

  24. Maangchi, thank you for your wonderful recipes! I have had a vegetable garden for many years and you have inspired me to try growing kimchi ingredients this year. I'm also trying to impress my Korean friends! ^^ I had great success with Nappa cabbage, Korean radish, leeks and Thai chili peppers, all of which I used in making your 막김치and 깟두기! Following are some pictures from harvest and 김장. 감사합니다!

  25. That day I also made your 짜장면. And the next day we had a 김밥 making party!


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  26. WOWZA!!! Hey DDNORMAN, your garden harvest makes me jealous, in fact, you make me want to try growing the Napa Cabbage next year. :D

  27. Oksipak, thanks for the compliment! I think you should have no trouble with the nappa cabbage based on what I've seen from your photos. Your 깻잎 김치 looks really awesome! Below are a few more of my garden in full bloom. BTW I'm in Zone 5b.


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  28. Wow Dave I am totally impressed by this stunning garden!

    The quality of your radishes and cabbage looks top-notch! It's hard to buy such high quality radish here in New York, I have to be really lucky to find it.

    Good work! I will share some of your photos with my other readers to inspire them to grow their own vegetables.

  29. Maangchi,

    Thank you very much for your nice comments! Your words are inspiring me to make an even better garden next year. I will continue to share my Korean vegetable garden experience with you and your readers as long as you are willing to listen! ^_^

    I really am enjoying making delicious Korean food with your recipes, even more so when I can use my harvest.

    Following is a picture from the last harvest of the year for me including red cabbage, Collards and leeks. As you saw from my recent posts I used these in your "emergency kimchi" and "Collard greens side dish" recipes!



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  30. ddnorman, Happy New Year 2014, a bit late but what do you have growing in your garden this year? :D

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