About PumpkinBeth.com

About PumpkinBeth.com

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In November 2014, I started this gardening blog to provide you with all the information you need to garden successfully.  I share my knowledge and aim to provide you with as many helpful gardening tips, ideas, and advice as possible.

I have written about a lot of topics, so I have designed my website to include a number of sections, to help you to more easily find the articles that are most likely to appeal to you.  If you’re viewing www.pumpkinbeth.com on a laptop or computer, you’ll find the sections along the screen, just underneath my photograph of a rather wonderful Turk’s turban pumpkin!  I hope that this guide will help you to find the articles that you’re most interested in reading.

I wish to help, encourage, and enable you to garden productively, sustainably, and organically, using top quality, peat free composts.  I hope to assist you to garden in the easiest and most effective manner, without harming insects, wildlife, or any other creatures.  Via PumpkinBeth.com, I share the results of my ongoing Indoor Trials and Outdoor Trials, passing on my knowledge and wisdom, in the hope of encouraging and enhancing your connections to nature, to your gardens, allotments, and indeed to every patch of earth across the planet.  My aim is to help you (yes, honestly, I really do mean you!) to experience, appreciate, value, and understand the magical awe and wonder of plants and the natural world.

Seasonal gardening

I have created sections for articles I’ve written about spring, summer, autumn, and winter.  I hope they’ll help everyone, but these sections may be particularly useful for those who live outside of the UK and are looking for information relevant to their current season.

If you’re wondering what to do this month, I have gardening advice for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.  You’ll find additional advice tailored to the current month, via links on the sidebar – on the right-hand side of the screen of your laptop.

Pests and diseases

If you’re worried about slugs and snails devouring your plants, you might be interested in the results of my Slug and Snail Trial.

I also have set up a dedicated section for articles that mention pests and diseases.

Edible gardening

I am totally obsessed with growing my own food!  I’ve created a section for all the articles I’ve written about edible gardening.  I’ve also written plant pages with advice on growing specific vegetables and fruit.  Don’t miss the articles I’ve written about my Vegepod and my Quadgrow!

Growing flowers

If your passion is for flowers, I’ve grouped all of my daffodil articles here, my sweet pea articles here, and my rose articles here.

Here’s a link to all of my articles about growing cut flowers.

I relish beautiful scents and I simply adore growing plants divinely scented flowers.  If you’re interested in this topic, have a look through my suggestions of scented plants.

Container gardening

If you’re interested in container gardening, I hope you’ll enjoy reading my articles about this topic.

Wildlife gardening

I want to encourage everyone to appreciate, value, and respect wildlife.  I have written about gardening with birds, insects, and wildlife, including: hedgehogs, birds, bees, butterflies, moths, ladybirds, dragonflies and damselflies, and newts.  I’ve created a section devoted to wildlife gardening and I have another section especially for articles about plants that benefit bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies, and pollinating insects.


I adore gardening for wildlife!  Have you seen my garden pond?  Here’s a link to the first article I wrote about my wildlife my pond.  You can see all of the articles I’ve written about my pond, via this link – here.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my photographs of ponds, here is a link to a list of articles I’ve written that feature gardens with water features.

Peat-free gardening and Compost Trials

I am a peat-free gardener; I have a passionate desire to protect our peatlands.  Every year I run Compost Trials to help you find the top performing growing medias on the market.

Why should we all be using peat-free compost?  I’ve written this article to explain why peatlands and peat bogs are so important.

Organic gardening, sustainable gardening, and sustainable living

I have created a section for articles I’ve written about organic gardening techniques and organic gardening products.

I am keen to live and garden more sustainably.  If you’re looking for ways that you can be kinder to the environment, you may want to read about the steps I’ve taken to reduce the amount of plastic I use; if you’re interested in this topic, you may be interested to see my section on sustainable living.

Horticultural Trials

I am a Trials Specialist.  If you are interested in any of my Horticultural Trials, you’ll find links to all my Indoor Trials and my Outdoor Trials here.

See my Tomato Trials, here.

See my Vegetable Trials, here.

See my articles about Flower Trials, here.

See my Daffodil Trials, here.

See my Sweet Pea Trials, here.

See my Container Trials, here.

See my Slug & Snail Trial, here.

See my Twine Trial, here.

Plant conservation

I have a passionate interest in plant conservation.  I’ve grouped all of the articles I’ve written about conservation together to make them easier to find.

Easier gardening

If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for ways to save money or find free activities, or perhaps you’re looking for ways to make gardening easier for yourself, I sincerely hope these sections will help you.


I don’t write about this subject all the time, but I have created this category to help you find all the articles I’ve written about floristry.

Celebrating birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and funerals – celebrating life

I’ve written an article with an abundance of ideas on how to celebrate every aspect of life with plants, in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.  I hope this helps you if you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or wedding.  If you’ve lost a loved one my heart goes out to you – I hope my suggestions will help you creating a positive and fitting tribute.

Indoor gardening

I have devoted an entire section to indoor gardening!


I want to help you find houseplants you can fall in love with and rely on.  Find more ideas and on information on indoor plants, here.

The National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species and the National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species

I hold two Plant Heritage National Plant Collections – the National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species and the National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species.  Here’s a link to more information and the articles I have written about my National Plant Collections.

Growing orchids

I share information about the rare orchids I’m conserving.  I hope to encourage my readers to grow orchids that are grown in cultivation and not taken from the wild.  Please read my articles about magnificent miniature orchids and floriferous miniature orchids.

I’ve written about the stunning Phalaenopsis orchids I’m growing that were raised in a UK nursery.

If you’re interested in orchids, don’t miss my article about the largest orchid in the world!

Here’s a list of scented orchids.

Find all of my orchid articles, here.

Terrariums and bottle gardens

If you’re looking for articles I’ve written about terrarium and bottle gardens, I hope these articles help interest and inspire you.

Terrarium planting lists

I have written a helpful planting list that divides orchids by temperature, so you can more easily find orchids that will be happy growing in the temperatures found inside your home.

I’ve created a planting list of miniature ferns, terrarium plants, and orchids, that are ideally suited to growing inside a terrarium or bottle garden.

If you’d prefer a list of the tiniest orchids, you’ll find my planting list of mini miniature orchids for terrariums, vivariums, and bottle gardens, here.

However, if you don’t want to grow orchids and you’d rather grow other terrarium plants, you’ll find my planting list of miniature ferns and terrarium plants, here.

Each of my planting lists allow you to follow individual plants and discover how they grow and develop (or die!), and see how often each plant flowers.

Setting up a terrarium or bottle garden

I’ve created a section dedicated to terrariums and bottle gardens.  If you’re thinking of creating a terrarium or bottle garden, you’ll find all of my articles about setting up terrariums, here.

If you’re planting a bottle garden, you might enjoy this article I wrote with a step-by-step guide to setting up a simple glass terrarium or bottle garden.

You’ll discover the thinking behind my design for my Tall Orchidarium here, and all of the articles I’ve written about my Tall Orchidarium can be found here.

Here’s a link to the article I wrote about my design and set up of my Rainforest Terrarium?  If you’re interested in this terrarium, you’ll find all of the articles I’ve written about my Rainforest Terrarium here.

Perhaps you’d rather read my article detailing the step-by step process showing how my Orchidarium was created?  Here’s a link to all of the articles I have written about my Orchidarium.

Are you wondering where all of my BiOrbAir Terrarium articles are?  You’ll find the first articles I wrote about my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, my Long-term Review BiOrbAir Terrarium, and my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium via these links.  My updates for each of these BiOrbAir terrariums follow on from each of these posts.

After receiving a number of questions from my readers, I wrote an explanatory article about how I accurately monitor the growing conditions, the light levels, humidity levels, and temperatures inside my various terrariums, my glasshouse, and my trials areas, here’s a link.

Gardening events

I spend a huge amount of time compiling an annual Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Plant Sales, and Plant Swaps to help you discover places to buy and swap plants and seeds.

Here’s a link to my Calendar of Orchid Plant Sales, Orchid Shows, Orchid Talks & Events.

Here’s a link to my Calendar of Houseplant Sales, Houseplant Talks, & Events.

Don’t miss my Calendar of Snowdrop Garden Openings, Snowdrop Talks, Webinars, & Other Snowdrop Events, where you’ll find details of snowdrop events held in autumn and wintertime.

Check out my Calendar of Daffodil Garden Openings, Daffodil Shows, & Events.

Don’t miss my Calendar of Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Garden Openings.

Here’s a link to my Calendar of Rose Garden Openings & Rose Events.

Another thing that takes up a huge amount of my time is compiling my Calendar of Zoom Gardening Talks, Virtual Horticultural Events & Online Gardening & Nature Webinars.  I hope this calendar will help you learn more about plants, wildlife, and the natural world.

I want to encourage you to take part in the best gardening and nature events, so I’ve created a section for these fun and free activities.

I often visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show where I take as many photographs as possible for you and write about the nurseries and show gardens.

I haven’t managed to get to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival for a few years, but I do have a section for this show, where you can read some older articles.

Book reviews

If you’re looking for a new gardening book, I have created a section for all of my: book reviews.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or someone else, I hope that my product reviews and long-term product reviews will help you.  You’ll find some great gift ideas in these sections!


If you’re interested to find out more about my mini glasshouse, here’s a link to an article with more information.

Gardening tools

I write about the tools I use; here’s a link to all of my articles about gardening tools.


I enjoy helping and supporting others whenever I can; I’ve written about some truly inspirational growers, gardeners, designers, florists, and horticulturists.  You can read all of my interviews and articles about plants people in this section.

Plant pages

I’ve written over 600 articles and over 800 plant pages, with more information on individual cultivars.  I’ve separated my plant pages into groups to make it easier for you to find information on the plants that most interest you.  Here they are:

Here is an index of all of the plants I have created individual information pages for.

Funding, sponsorship, & more info

I am a freelance garden writer and photographer.  I earn money by writing articles for books, magazines, newsletters, and websites, and by selling my photographs.  I don’t make any money at all from this website but I pay all my own website hosting costs and I pay for my cameras, laptop, and equipment.  There are no adverts on PumpkinBeth.com.  I haven’t set up any affiliated links on this site.  I don’t earn a commission or receive any recompense from any of the companies I write about.

Some of the products, plants, and seeds, I write about were sent to me to try or gifted to me by companies, but the vast majority I’ve bought myself or have been birthday or Christmas gifts from friends or family.  I write honestly about my experience of every plant or product, regardless of whether an item has been a gift or something I’ve purchased.  Other than a few orchids I’ve been given by friends, I have purchased all of my orchids for my National Collections myself.

As people, we differ in so many ways but we all share a connection in relying on plants to sustain every part of our being.  Plants give us life, they provide us with food, drink, medicine, clothing, make-up, fragrance, and even the air that we breathe.  I hope to help remind you of the beauty and power of that rather wonderful connection.  I wish to support and encourage you in your gardening, whether you have a windowsill, a small table indoors, or a window box, an allotment, a front garden, an average sized back garden, or an acre of garden, many acres of grounds, or even a whole island to call your own!  Wherever you garden, I sincerely hope that you’ll find information and ideas to enhance your gardening and brighten your life, at PumpkinBeth.com.

Support me!

If you would like to support me, you could like my Facebook Page, and follow me on Twitter, on Instagram, and Pinterest.  Why not share a link to your favourite article I’ve written with your friends on social media?

I’ve provided all the information on PumpkinBeth.com for free, there are no adverts, no sponsored posts, and no affiliated links.  If you enjoy my writing and find it useful you can buy me a cup of chamomile tea to say thank you.  If I’ve publicised your company or event, please consider making a donation.  If you’re an editor or publisher, please get in touch if you would like to commission me to write an article for your magazine, book, newsletter, or blog.

Thank you.

All text, content, and photography © Beth Otway 2010 – 2024, All rights reserved.

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