Steve's Seaside Life Blog

My allotment journey in books and TV shows

This is just a quick video to introduce some of the books and TV shows that shaped my journey to self-sufficiency, or perhaps self-reliance.   The self-sufficiency dream that started when I was 13 isn’t realistic of course, but we have achieved it in some important, perhaps the most important...

Allotment Diary (May – Week 3)

If you received this via email click here to get all of the images and videos! Allotment Finances We’ve harvested a total of £2,780 of fruit and veg this year. We’ve spent a total of £672 this year, mostly one time investments. What we’ve harvested and eaten We harvested a...

My ‘amazing’ and free garden/allotment planning tools :- updated!

This video introduces a new update to my garden/allotment planning tools, designed for managing small scale fruit and veg production for fun.  I’ve created the tools myself, using a web based database application called Airtable.  Airtable also has applications for smartphones and tablets, with some limitations!  It’s these apps on...

Planting squash and sowing beans

I’m almost there, fully planted that is, a fantastic milestone that I’ve worked hard towards for the last few weeks and I now have only the tomatoes and cucumbers to do.  I always have new successions to plant of course, but that’s an hour a week. I love this time...

Allotment Diary (May – week 2)

If you received this via email click here to get all of the images and videos! Allotment Finances We’ve harvested a total of £2,585 of fruit and veg this year. We’ve spent a total of £672 this year, mostly one time investments. What we’ve harvested and eaten We harvested a...

New plan/objectives for the allotments in 2019

In this video I talk about my updated allotment objectives and plans for the year. I’ve basically met my challenges for this year: – Increase my March/April harvests – Nearly quadrupled – Harvest a huge amount of food – on target for £10,000/year – Cover my costs for the year...

Planting Tomatoes in a Polytunnel

Although I decided not to plant my tomatoes early, because I don’t have  very good space to grow them on and because I dislike potting them on, I still ended up having to plant them out in the polytunnel beds early.  In fact they are almost exactly the same sized...