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Perilla frutescens 65-70 days. Known by many names including Shiso and Beefsteak, this member of the mint family is widely used in Asian cuisine. Perilla's subtle and complex, herby flavor has hints of citrus, anise, basil, and spices. A very versatile crop, use the leaves in salads, stir-fries, sushi, and pickling. Sow and grow similarly to basil. Approximately 225 seeds per ¼ gram.
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Don't plant near hay fields

This is a wonderful herb with a cinnamon-y flavor, and it's beautiful in the garden. You can plant it outside the fence because the deer won't eat it. And that's because it causes pulmonary edema in ruminants: horses, cows, sheep, goats and deer. So keep it contained. Shiso has become a serious problem in the south, causing mysterious illnesses in livestock. In upstate New York, the green variety self-seeds. The red, not so much. Plus, you can see the red to relocate it in case it does escape. This herb needs stratification. Start indoors for large plants.

Soil Temp for Germ 50–70°F
Seed Depth ¼–½"
Seed Spacing 1–2"
Days to Emergence 2–15
Thin Plants to 6–12"
Row Spacing 16–18"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Seeds per Gram Listed per variety

Savor the flavors that fill the kitchens of Europe. Fast and easy to grow, greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Enjoy them in soups, lightly steamed, or raw for a low calorie and highly nutritious part of your diet.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Gourmet greens perform best when planted in early spring or fall
• Most will tolerate light to moderate frosts with minimal cover• Plants are most vigorous and the flavors are better when daytime air temperatures are between 60-70°F
• Most greens are best direct sown
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover seeds with Reemay or Grow Guard 20 to help deter birds and improve germination
• Sow greens every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous supply of young plants

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• Thin as soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids and flea beetles
• Insect control: Strong spray of water, or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and proper plant spacing allows air circulation to prevent molds

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest greens frequently and when young
• As with all greens, a rinse in cold water will help preserve the flavor and texture

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