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Show Me Your Gardens Around the World: MKB Blogging Carnival

Gardens around the world

I promised my brother that I’d post the stir-fry recipe we made together while he was here, but it’d have to wait because I was asked to host the Multicultural Kid Blogs Carnival this month. The topic was show me your garden around the world. 

When we moved to the Netherlands, we lived in apartments until we bought our very own house. Said house came with a garden. Said garden has flowers in it, but also some edible stuff. For example, when we moved in, we had a sour cherry tree, an apple tree, a plum tree, a pear tree, redcurrants, strawberries and also chives and lemon balm.

I’ve decided I wanted to have some more edible stuff, including vegetables. Unfortunately, so far my attempts have been unsuccessful. I’ve planted some herbs and they’re doing (mint, rosemary, sage) well but the majority died out anyway (the dill is gone for example and the thyme doesn’t look so well either). My husband ensures me that even my garden-savvy in-laws have a success rate of 50%, but I’m sad that while I can get stuff to grow in little pots, the moment I re-plant them, they die. Recently, Albert Heijn had this idea of giving little pots with seeds of 20 different plants in them and I managed to get them all! It started out great, with the little leaves showing up and growing but once I got them in the garden, they’re not doing well anymore. Anyway, maybe this carnival will teach me something about gardening so maybe one day I will be able to grow a plant without having it die before I can even taste its fruit (or roots. Or stems. Or flowers. or tubers). I also planted a potato and a sweet potato. Unfortunately, the potato got bad. The sweet potato has tons of roots but no leaves so far). Also, I’m growing beets, pumpkins and caulliflower in their little pots in my kitchen so maybe not all is lost.

Especially that I have so many great posts to share! They’re all about gardening and garden-related things! 

The amount of links I got was overwhelming so I divided them into three groups.


First, check out these absolutely stunning gardens around the world!

First in line, Maria of Busy as a Bee in Paris describes her visit to the house of the wonderful painter Claude Monet. I want a house like that!

In this post, Carrie of Crafty Moms Share writes about her walk around the neighborhood. Check out the lovely pictures. The ones with the diaries are my favorite! And here, she shares pic of all the wonderful wildlife and spring flowers! 

Phoebe over at Lou Messugo sees the first signs of spring! Even if it’s still snowing where you are, maybe checking out this post will help! And if that isn’t enough, there’s always this post on Crafty Moms Share!

Mhmm. a fairy garden! Who doesn’t love a fairy garden! Intrigued? Check out Carrie’s post on Crafty Moms Share! 

On La Cite de Vents, Eolia writes (in French) about the simple pleasures of the garden. Check out the pictures of her adorable children and her in-laws’ beautiful garden. 

Galina of Raising a Trilingual Child, gives advice on when it’s the best time to visit Italy (hint: it’s the magical season between winter and summer). 

Jennie of A Lady in France really shows us her garden in France and all the exciting new plants happening there (another hint: it involves plants). 

 And then she moves on to spring (it seems to be on everyone’s minds these days) , including mine.

 Phoebe at Lou Messugo offers us a look into her beautiful garden in Provence, France. I want to be there right now. Also, we seem to have plenty of French gardens on our list! And here she is again, wishing for her garden to grow and flourish! 

As for me, I’m showing you some pictures I took while taking my camera out on a walk. 


And now, we’re digging deeper (ha!) into the topic of gardening. Check out these gardening tips and tricks!

Thanks to Stephen from Head of the Heard we have a little change of scenery and are moving to Curitiba, Brazil. Stephen shows us how to plant a garden and what to grow. I’m sure in a few years, Stephen will have the garden to end all gardens.

On Mama Smiles, we can find out more about organic gardening and how to garden with children!

In this wonderful guest post on Multicultural Kid Blogs, Amanda gives her reasons for gardening with her children and what she did with her family to teach them about gardening and to encourage making global connections through gardening.

Crafty Moms Share have a wonderful post about seeds, sprouts, flowers and fruit! My kids love seeing plants grow- I’m sure yours will too! 

And have you ever wondered how to incorporate gardening into your school program and even use gardening as a way to teach Spanish? Julie of Mundo del Pepita knows how! 

SJ on Chasing the Donkey teaches us how to grow cabbage (you will need it, just check the recipes below)

And Phoebe tells us all about the power flower oleander.

As always with all things delicious and DIY, Anne of Food Retro comes to the rescue with her 5 seed resources for the DIY gardener.


There are so many things we can do with our garden: relax. Smell the flowers. And eat the things that grow there! And be inspired by our gardens! Here, you will find a list of garden related books, crafts, activities and recipes!

First, Maria inspires us to play with our food. She has two great posts about it, one about lily pads and water and  there’s another one as well!

Then Giselle of Kids Yoga Stories shows us how to do garden yoga with kids- all inspired by Eric Carle’s books!

And I want to make this strawberry jam together with Crafty Moms Share!

And since we are in the making jam section, check out my sour cherry preserve that I made using the sour cherries from my garden (hint: there’s a secret and delightful unexpected ingredient!)

Here, Carrie reviews a book, called “The Garden Classroom“. Sounds interesting! 

Amanda Expat Life with a Double Buggy has a guest post about making a garden-related keepsake!

Check  out these wonderful printables on Multicultural Kid Blogs! 

Sasha Global Table Adventure shares gift ideas for the global foodie and I want to buy all the things.

And then SJ shares two recipes for the cabbage that we can now all grow in our gardens- one for sauerkraut and the other one for sarma. Don’t know what it is? Check it out.












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  • Reply Giselle Shardlow - Kids Yoga Stories April 10, 2015 at 2:17 am

    What a fun list of garden ideas! Thanks for sharing our Garden Yoga post. Happy Spring!

  • Reply Jennie Goutet April 10, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Olga, this is adorable – thank you for thinking of me too! 🙂
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  • Reply Phoebe @ Lou Messugo April 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for featuring so many of my posts Olga, you’ve pulled together a lovely gardening carnival, all full of spring hope.
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  • Reply Diana @ Life in German. April 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I haven’t tried gardening yet, but I’d love to have homegrown veggies/fruits.
    stopping over via the expat blogger group.
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    • Reply Olga Mecking April 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Do try, it Diana! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

  • Reply Kevin Young May 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Fabulous Share!

    I love gardening especially in spring season which is the best time to plant something. But there is lack of space at my home that’s why I prefer container gardening that requires less space.

    The tips have been given here, I would definitely try these in my own garden.

  • Reply Oliver Gardener April 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Hey Olga,

    I’m a passionate person who loves gardening very much. And glad that I’ve seen some cool list of ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing.


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