Welcome to my blog.

After a few random posts I've decided to dedicate this blog to my life long project of Japanese food
and culture (and my life in general, especially my travels).

Since my first taste of sushi back in 1997 I've been interested in, and frequently been making
Japanese food.
My interest in the country and culture started long before and continues to evolve.
I was lucky to finally visit Japan in October 2008 and hope to be back soon.
In July 2012 I visited Japantown in San Fransisco, the next best thing!
I was lucky to be back in 2015, 2016 and 2017 thanks to the fact that we now have family living in California.
Both small and big adventures will from now on, as time permits, be shared with you.

I will post other recipes and pictures too, mainly cooking projects, plants and art projects
(including my new love - making kumihimo braided objects).

I hope you'll find it interesting, and feel free to leave a comment or ask questions!

I write mainly in English, but there will be some Norwegian too, especially posts about things
that mainly have Norwegian interest. Tutorials are bi-lingual.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Growing shiso (perilla)

Good news... the first shiso shots have surfaced! I guess it's about 30-40 sprouts that have surfaced now. It looks really good, just like last year.

Soon I'll replant them in individual pots and they'll grow nice and big. Happy times for me and the other 3 that are waiting for their plants.

If the nice weather continues and spring really is here, I'll try to plant daikon next week.

Hang in there for exciting updates!!


Hannah said...

Hi there,
I am trying to grow shiso/perilla and was wondering how you have gained such success in your growing! I cold stratified seeds in moist sand by leaving them in my fridge for three days, then I sprinkled the sand into a flat of soil...that was on April 3rd and I"m still waiting for a sign of life.
Any tips that you have would be greatly appreciated!
You can reach me at cracklingforest@gmail.com or just post on your blog.
My name is Hannah.
Thank you SO much! Can't wait to get these babies growin'!

Linuz said...

Hi Hannah!
I didn't cold treat my seeds or do any other preparations. I got the seeds last year from Japan, so they're a year old as well.

I planted them in normal soil (it has a bit of sand in it), just under the surface (5mm - 1cm). Watered them well and left the pot in the window. I keep the soil moist, it never dries out. I think I took about 7-10 days for the seeds to sprout. After that I keep them moist and turn the pot daily to even sun angle. I give them extra nutrition two weeks after surfacing and replant after 4 weeks.
I hope your seeds will surface soon! Good luck!