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I can almost smell your ssukguk! Beautiful precious soup made with home grown ssuk (mugwort)! The recipe is here! http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/ssukguk
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 ( http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/heukimjajuk ) 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
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.
I have had very good luck with perilla in Florida. I got my seeds from http://www.evergreenseeds.com
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
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!
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!
WOWZA!!! Hey DDNORMAN, your garden harvest makes me jealous, in fact, you make me want to try growing the Napa Cabbage next year. :D
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.
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!
ddnorman, Happy New Year 2014, a bit late but what do you have growing in your garden this year? :D
Happy belated New Year to you! Right now I am planning to grow similar veggies as last year including baechu, mu (3 varieties) leeks, chili peppers (Thai, Serrano, jalapeno), Thai Basil, pak choi, Swiss Chard, lettuce Collard greens, tomatoes and possibly snow peas. How about you? See pic for what my yard looks like as of today! I will start planting on Memorial Day.
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