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Gardening

Shiso on my porch

borntolovefood | Aug 15, 201505:27 AM     2

The porch is one story above ground. It turns out to be an ideal place to keep an herb garden in planters. Accessible and rarely visited by insects.

Last year I cultivated my herb garden diligently. But toward the end of season, I stopped tending the plants and left them to the mercy of Zone 6 winter. Among them was a lone shiso that bloomed and went to seeds.

Looking out of the window one day early this summer, I was surprised to see young shiso plants, not one but many, emerging from each of the 7 planters I left sitting on the porch. Weather was then wet and the shiso flourished on their own. Now, in the heat of summer, I started to visit the porch again, to water them just so I get to enjoy the view of a small "shiso forest"!

This morning I clipped off a shopping bag-full of top shiso leaves to start a basic ferment. I could feel a stirring inside of me to do something more...

That lone shiso on my porch ended up kicking me off my couch. Who could have known?

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