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Quick, lovely ideas you can make or arrange in moments and super fast seeds to grow in under two weeks.

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Calendula officinalis, a super plant for bees and butterflies.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

Bees and butterflies love Lavender, it's a great plant to have in your garden. Lavandula angustifolia is a compact variety, ideal for containers.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

How to Plant Beautiful Bottle Gardens and Terrific Terrariums! - Pumpkin Beth

How to Plant Beautiful Bottle Gardens and Terrific Terrariums! - Pumpkin Beth

I love terrariums and bottle gardens! I so enjoy designing tiny plant worlds and creating miniature gardens. This is the ideal time to build a terrarium or bottle garden, these Lilliputian microcosms are fun to make! Terrariums will enhance your home and provide the perfect…

I used Dalefoot Composts' peat free compost when I potted up this Sarcococca confusa, a highly-scented, winter flowering evergreen shrub. This shrub will be planted out in the spring, as soon as a space becomes available. The pot in this photograph is narrower at its opening than in the middle, with pots such as these, care is required to pot on your plant before it needs repotting so as to avoid damaging the plant's roots as you remove it from the pot.

Dalefoot Peat-Free Compost - Pumpkin Beth

Most garden centres and nurseries have a section featuring some of the loveliest seasonal plants currently in flower or berry, potted up, ready to purchase and take home. These plants look at their best at the very moment you visit, and make a super gift, either for yourself or for a loved one. If you’re looking to purchase a winter flowering plant and pot it up yourself to give as a Christmas present, maybe because you’re looking for a specific plant that’s a favourite of the recipient of…

Many herbs, such as Chives, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary, to name just a few, are very beneficial to bees. Herbs are beneficial to gardeners too.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

Gerbera garvinea ‘Sweet Surprise’ (Garsurprise) (Garvinea Sweet Series).

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

A close up of Sarcococca confusa's unopened flowers. Sarcococca confusa flowers from December to March every year, its sweetly scented, highly fragrant flowers are beneficial to bees and to gardeners, as they lift your spirits and touch your heart as you breathe in their delicious scent.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots just after harvesting on 9th December 2015!
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Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweetcorn Shoots! - Pumpkin Beth

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots pictured on the 3rd December 2015 – the day the seeds germinated. If you’re looking for something fun and tasty, that’s quick and easy to grow, I think you’ll enjoy growing Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots. I sowed my Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots on 1st December 2015, and I have been enjoying eating them today, on 9th December 2015, just 8 days later! Sowing these Sweet Corn seeds would be a fun and very easy activity to include your…

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots just before harvesting on 9th December 2015.
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Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweetcorn Shoots! - Pumpkin Beth

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots pictured on the 3rd December 2015 – the day the seeds germinated. If you’re looking for something fun and tasty, that’s quick and easy to grow, I think you’ll enjoy growing Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots. I sowed my Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots on 1st December 2015, and I have been enjoying eating them today, on 9th December 2015, just 8 days later! Sowing these Sweet Corn seeds would be a fun and very easy activity to include your…

Aubrieta is an easy to grow container plant that also grows well on walls and in rockeries.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

Rainbow Chard and Savoy Cabbages growing in an EarthBox. The EarthBox is a specialised container gardening system, it is easily moveable being on wheels and is self watering.

EarthBox Review - Pumpkin Beth

Earthbox Review At this time of year, it’s lovely to look through the catalogues and choose seeds, plants and other exciting new products to try out. While I was looking through The Organic Gardening Catalogue I spotted the EarthBox, a patented container gardening system, developed by commercial farmers, who designed it especially to offer a low maintenance, self-watering, portable method to garden and grow vegetables, even if you don’t have a garden. I opted for the EarthBox with the green…

Polygonia c-album, also known as the Comma butterfly, feeding on Sedum in late summer.

Container Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Gardeners - Pumpkin Beth

A close up of Erigeron karvinskianus. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access when you’re selecting new plants is a wonderful and worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden…

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots pictured on the 3rd December 2015 - the day the seeds germinated.
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Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweetcorn Shoots! - Pumpkin Beth

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots pictured on the 3rd December 2015 – the day the seeds germinated. If you’re looking for something fun and tasty, that’s quick and easy to grow, I think you’ll enjoy growing Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots. I sowed my Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots on 1st December 2015, and I have been enjoying eating them today, on 9th December 2015, just 8 days later! Sowing these Sweet Corn seeds would be a fun and very easy activity to include your…

Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots.
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Suttons Seeds Bodacious Sweetcorn Shoots! - Pumpkin Beth

Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots pictured on the 3rd December 2015 – the day the seeds germinated. If you’re looking for something fun and tasty, that’s quick and easy to grow, I think you’ll enjoy growing Suttons Seeds F1 Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots. I sowed my Bodacious Sweet Corn Shoots on 1st December 2015, and I have been enjoying eating them today, on 9th December 2015, just 8 days later! Sowing these Sweet Corn seeds would be a fun and very easy activity to include your…

I decorated my Norway Spruce Christmas tree from Wheeler Street Nurseries in Witley, with home-made natural Christmas decorations and wrapped the pot in festive wrapping paper.

Live, Growing, Potted Christmas Trees From Wheeler Street Nurseries in Witley - Pumpkin Beth

A live, potted, Norway Spruce Christmas tree from Wheeler Street Nurseries in Witley. This is one of the smaller trees that Wheeler Street Nurseries have available – this size tree is priced at £15 – £17 – with a £5 Wheeler Street Voucher presented if you return the tree, in good condition, before the end of January. At Christmas, there’s nothing like having a real Christmas tree. A real, living, growing, potted Christmas tree, that will grow on and live for many more Christmases to come is…

Cress seedlings growing on damp kitchen paper - day 4

Growing in the Fast Lane - Pumpkin Beth

Fungi are part of almost all of our terrestrial ecosystems, for much of the year we aren’t aware of their presence, they exist as mycelium, a mass of tiny, thread like filaments, hyphae, that live entwined in the soil and undergrowth, we see their fruiting bodies – mushrooms or toadstools – for a short time when they are in season each year. At this time of year there are many fascinating varieties of toadstools and mushrooms to be found outside. Whether you spot them on a walk or in your…