Dutch tulips are different than the original tulips brought over from the Ottoman Empire - they have cultivated and refined them to create endless varieties and colors - and there's a rumor that it was the Dutch who made carrots orange - for King William of the House of Orange, naturally. So I decided I'd try to do more than just admire other people's gardens - and I started my own.
Here's what I started out with:
|The clippers and fence (bottom left) are mine - the rest is how the garden looked "naturally."|
The first step was clearing out all the weeds and junk. Well, not junk - as I ended up using much of what I uncovered. I like to recycle, and I really like saving money! Unfortunately some of the wildlife had to move out so that my garden dream could be realized.
|Young basil plants|
|Garden "path" and planting bed|
|Wall of Basils|
|Wall of tomato plants|
|Tomato flowers and fruit|
|Hopefully this will turn red.|
|Sunflower plant, or so I am told.|
|Amsterdam carrot growing in Alkmaar|
|Marigolds, Orange Boy variety, of course.|
I'm going to do more next season, and hopefully finish off this growing season with a few home-grown meals! Fresh basil, (hopefully) ripe tomatoes, a few carrots and maybe paprika...