Steve's Seaside Life Blog

Big Plans For My Little Allotment

Last weekend I enlisted the help of some – wood burner owning – friends and we took down the old – unproductive – apples trees on my plot. I was a big job that’s left me exhausted for a few days but I’m on the mend now and making plans....

January Tour of Debbie’s Plot

Everything is as it should be on Debbie’s plot. She’s mulching the beds with her excellent home made compost, pruning the apple trees and training them to their support wires, and continuing to harvest. At the moment the most prolific harvest is coming from the winter miners lettuce, but the...

January Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

I’m taking advantage of a few good days to do a quick tour of my plot, but more importantly I’m also working with a couple of friends to take down my old cooking apples trees and a very poor eater. This will open up a huge area on my plot,...

Allotment Hotbed – Filling and Planting

Today’s video shows the process of emptying last years hot bed and then filling it again and also filling the new hotbed. The process is fairly simple to describe: First I fill the empty hotbed with 18″ of compressed horse bedding (manure). Depending on the proportion of droppings I also...

How I’m Doing My Allotment Planting Plan in 2018

In this video I take you through the approach that I’ve taken to planning the allotments this year. Last year I invested in a fancy online planning app, but it was too complex, inflexible and inconvenient to access on my phone. This year I’m going back to basics. I’m keeping...

Review Of Our Allotment Year 2017

Here’s a quick video review of our allotment year, and in summary it’s been fantastic, although it’s had it’s difficult moments. The allotments have proven to be incredibly life enriching, allowing us to work outdoors, be part of a lovely community and eat wonderful – near – organic food. In...

Harvest Highlights From Our Allotments In 2017

Here’s a quick video review of some of our allotment harvest highlights for 2017. The allotments have proven to be incredibly life enriching, allowing us to work outdoors, be part of a lovely community and eat wonderful – near – organic food. In 2018 we expect to be 95% self-sufficient...

December Tour Of Jennie’s Allotment

This is a quick tour of Jennie’s plot in December. The work on the landscaping is essentially complete now and we’ve planted the new trees – Braeburn, Pear and Plum. All of the alliums are up, as are the broad beans and the brassicas are fantastic. Especially the Kalletes (a...

December Tour of Debbie’s Allotment Plot

In this video I take you on a tour of Debbie’s plot. This month she’s planted two minarette trees, cleared the Bolotti beans and harvested the Oca, but apart from that the focus has really just been on day to day harvesting. The winter salad staples, Lambs Lettuce and Winter...