Steve's Seaside Life Blog

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After much debate, I’ve finally decided to offer users of my gardening apps, eBook, web site, diary and my youtubers the opportunity to support me via the site Buy Me a Coffee. Thanks so much for all of your support!

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...

Allotment Diary (June – Week 2)

It’s been a tough week, I started to feel ill on Tuesday and basically my body shut down on me. I’ve felt incredibly weak, climbing the stairs is a big effort, muscles sore, throat sore, light fever. I’m still feeling rough as I write this, but fortunately I felt fine...

Allotment Diary (June – Week 1)

It definitely feels like the gardening is over now for a while. The kitchen garden only needs attention for about 20 minutes a day and that’s almost all watering containers. I finished the allotment planting early in the week, so it’s all watering and weeding there too. We have much...

Allotment Diary (May – Week 5)

This week was the last big push and I’m effectively finished planting the allotment and the kitchen garden now. Debbie’s plot is almost fully planted too. Anyone who gardens though knows that ‘finished’ is always a very poor word to describe the state of a garden. Next week I will...

Allotment Diary (May – Week 3)

Next week is the ‘last push’ as I clear almost all of my over-wintered beds and re-plant them with the summer crops. It’s a major milestone and it marks the beginning of my lazy summer. It’s also a bit of a relief because there’s a lot less to manage. The...

Allotment Diary (May – Week 2)

At the beginning of the week I was feeling somewhat over-whelmed by the amount of sowing I’d been doing and even more so by the volume of seedlings that need daily care. This week I gradually worked through that overwhelm, got a lot of planting done, read my diary from...

Allotment Diary (April – Week 4)

We were away for three days last week, attending our eldest daughters wedding in Oxford. I’ve only been to Oxford once before and the whole stay was wonderful, Oxford is beautiful, especially when the sun is shining and the wedding was a dream. We got to enjoy three days of...

Allotment Diary (April – Week 3)

It’s been another stunning gardening week here. Although we’ve had frosts every night everything I’m growing, except the potatoes, is hardy and protected from the cold wind. The potatoes are fine too, under a double layer of fleece. This week I planted runner and French beans in the polytunnel, but...