Steve's Seaside Life Blog

How to plan your fruit and veg garden with my new free tools

Last year I decided that planning my allotment on a spreadsheet wasn’t for me.  I’m a visual person and I found messing around with a spreadsheet was a real chore, I wanted to enjoy my planning.  I decided to use Airtable as the basis for a solution, I chose it...

Allotment Frequently Asked Questions

This document captures answers to the most common questions that I get about our allotments, what we grow and how we grow. Where are you? England North west Lytham St Annes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lytham_St_Annes The allotments are here: https://goo.gl/maps/3XBLthZwqp8AddHh7 Are you really by the seaside? The house is ½ a mile from...

All year round vegetable sowing and planting guide

This is the third draft of my guide to growing an abundance of vegetables all year round, especially in the so called Hungry Gap.  The “jobs for the month” sections have been expanded in this version and I have new photos! I’d love a bit of feedback on how useful it...

What I’m Sowing and Growing in January

I love writing these monthly reviews, although January is perhaps the most boring of them, because everything slows down to a crawl. This year though it’s a much more exciting month because grow lights are allowing me to squeeze in additional harvests in lots of my beds and especially the...

Allotment Diary (December – Week 2)

As predicted it’s been a very quite week on the allotment, I’ve visited only a few times. Apart from harvesting I spent a few minutes weeding, aired some of the beds, watered the under-cover brassicas and spinach and that’s about it. The only sowing I did was micro-greens and to...

Allotment Diary (November – Week 4)

It’s been another very light week on the allotments, although I’m still finding the odd jobs to do. This week the main accomplishment was cutting back the asparagus bed and covering it with a thick layer of home made compost. I’ve also done a little weeding in the garden and...

Allotment Diary (November – Week 3)

We’ve just past the ‘£11,000 harvested and processed’ milestone for the allotments this week and even though we intentionally switched a lot of production to lower value staple products, we’ve still exceeded our £40/m2 tally for last year. Next year I’m doing a lot more creative interplanting, so I think...