August 4 2007 Container Gardening Newsletter
Fruit Trees for Containers
Do you want to grow your own fruit or nut trees but have no garden space? Or do you live in a very hot or cold climate and the tree would die if left outside? Then plant a fruit or nut tree in a container! Here is how to successfully select fruit and nut trees for your container garden.
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It’s August and the cucumbers have been producing for several weeks now. One of my favorite fresh cucumber dishes is Cucumber Kimche. This isn’t the aged, mushy, cabbage kimche you can buy in the grocery store; this is crisp, fresh, and tangy with a little zip of garlic, red pepper, and vinegar. Try it plain as a salad, over rice, or added to you favorite green salad. Yum!
2 fresh cucumbers, peeled in stripes
1 TBS coarse sea salt or Kosher salt (more or less to taste)
1 TBS crushed garlic (more or less to taste)
1 TBS dried red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
¼ cup rice vinegar (substitute white or apple cider vinegar if you can’t find rice)
2 TBS roasted sesame seeds, crushed
Cut cucumber in 1½ inch-long rounds. Cut rounds in half lengthwise, then slice lengthwise at 90 degrees into flat rectangles.
Place cucumber slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Mix gently with your hands.
Let stand a few minutes for the salt to draw out the juice.
Add crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, and vinegar. Gently fold all together with your hands until well mixed.
Let stand 10 minutes, then taste. Adjust salt, vinegar, garlic and red pepper to your taste. Add crushed roasted sesame seeds and enjoy!
For an added treat, add sliced or match-stick-cut carrots, small apple chunks, or green onion slices.
You can do like I do and make up a larger batch, keeping the unused kimche refrigerated so it’s ready whenever you want a cool, invigorating, extremely healthy snack!
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