Steve's Seaside Life Blog

Harvesting the oca on Debbie’s Allotment

We planted five oca (New Zealand Yam) tubers this year, our first attempt at growing them. Only four of them survived and only three thrived. They didn’t grow much in spring, but put on a lot of growth in late summer. The tuber’s don’t seem to grow until late autumn...

December Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

This is the first tour of winter and almost everything continues to grow well, somethings too well. The green salaonvas are suffering a bit, but the miner’s lettuce is growing faster than we can eat it and we eat a lot. We had a few very early frosts and these...

November Kitchen Garden Tour

Today’s video is a quick tour of the kitchen garden and there’s not much going on, so I also check in on the store room. We mainly use the kitchen garden for berries, but we also have a few raised beds that we stock with our most commonly used veg:...

How I Compost Leaves

*** Edited to include a link to the correct video! Almost everyone else that I know puts their leaves in a big wire cage and then forgets about them for a few years. I don’t have the time or space for that, I want my leaves on the ground (in...

Big Changes On Jennie’s Plot and a Small Tour

It’s all change on Jennie’s plot this month. The growing is slowing down, so it’s the season for projects. Debbie has laid a patio, trimmed the hedges and shifted the pile of rubbish and compost bins. I’ve pruned and cleared out the weeds at the bottom the the hedge. Together...

November Allotment Tour (Debbie’s Plot)

This month’s tour is very simillar to the last, as there’s not much changing in November on Debbie’s allotment. The beans, New Zealand Spinach and Oca are dying back after the frost; the Lambs Lettuce, Miner’s Lettuce and brassicas are thriving. Everything is as it should be. We will be...

Typical November Allotment Harvest Day

Every Tuesday we do a harvest for friends and family, it’s a pretty big job, and the highlight of my allotment week. Last weeks video showed me processing (cleaning and packing) a typical weeks harvest from the allotment. In this video I thought I would show the harvest process instead....

November Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

Things are starting to quiet down on the plot now, all the beds are planted and productive, or dormant until spring, so there’s not much to do but pull up the odd weed and harvest. Well that’s not totally true, I’m still raking up leaves every few days from the...