July 04, 2006

The Bounty of the Harvest

My peas post drew some wonderful comments as well as questions about my father's garden; here then are some more of the delicious green things to be found therein!


Beans.
Many a happy childhood summer
was spent weeding these tidy rows.

Rhubarb.

What Estonian garden would be complete

without this staple of pies and kissell?


Tomatoes.


Garlic.

Every year, he plants about 100 more than the year before.

Friends and family get bulbs of garlic as presents.


Dill.

The herb of choice.

It goes in everything.

Even scrambled eggs.


Red currants.

Another Estonian staple;

black currants too.

For the best jam

and the most delicious wine

You have ever tasted,

You have not lived, my friend,

until you have tasted this.


Raspberries.

Other green things that are being/have been grown in the garden but do not appear in these photos:

potatoes

corn

asparagus

Jerusalem artichoke

peppers

eggplant

carrots

chives

cucumbers

squash

zucchini

pumpkins

oregano

mint

thyme

leeks

onions

probably others that I've forgotten.


Oh, and here's a grapefruit tree that my twin sister grew from a seed she found in a breakfast grapefruit one day. She started it when we were 7, and it has been trimmed numerous times. It's about 7 feet tall.

10 comments:

t2ed said...

Is homegrown garlic good? How's it different from the store bought?
Is it some kind of freshness factor?

Brookelina said...

These are absolutely beautiful. I'd kill to have a garden like this.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

That grapefruit tree is awesome. How large are the fruits?

Madge said...

Thanks for sharing these photos. The garden looks delicious, especially the dill! Mmmmmmmm.

I'm curious about the grapefruit tree too. Has it ever harvested any fruits?

miss kendra said...

your family has green thumbs that for sure.

Spinning Girl said...

Garlic: Is it good. Is it good?!?!? Hellz yeah it's good! Besides the freshness factor, these bulbs are large and the cloves break like orange slices (no little splintery cloves like some types). It's a different species, with purplish skin and the aforementioned large cloves.
Yum!

Grapefruit: Sadly, the tree has never borne fruit nor even bloomed. Perhaps it is a boy!

jamwall said...

homegrown garlic!

i would gladly hurt my naked cowbell body against you soley because your family grows garlic.

Freiya said...

Wow! thats a fabulous veg patch! and all that garlic, i bet its the most lovely flavoursome garlic in the world! and your Rhubarb! how fantastic!

Pille said...

But dill is simply the best herb out there, so it should go everywhere. Rhubarb kissell is delicious. Kukeseenekaste is divine. I'm off to Estonia this weekend:)

Sleep Goblin said...

That grapefruit tree is amazing! Does it really produce grapefruits? Do you leave it outside all winter?

Reminds me of the time my mom decided to plant a pumpkin seed and see what would happen :)