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...

14 Risky Veggies to Sow in October

Yesterday I posted a list of the ‘best’ seeds to sow in October, importantly October might not be the best time to sow these seeds, my criteria in selecting them was only whether you stand a reasonable chance of getting a successful harvest, this late in the year. This article...

11 Best Seeds to Sow in October

This article outlines what I consider to be the ‘best’ seeds to sow in October,  importantly October might not be the best time to sow these seeds, my criteria in selecting them is whether you stand a reasonable chance of getting a successful harvest, this late in the year.  I...

Allotment Diary (September 2020 – Week 2)

I’m away hiking next week so I’ve mainly focused my attention on sowing, clearing beds and planting.  As a result I’ve spent 12 hours on the allotment and 2 hours sowing seeds, bringing me up to my average of 14 hours and it’s been wonderful.  I’ve only managed a couple...

Allotment Diary (August 2020 – Week4)

We made a big family decision this week, we decided that we would give up Jennie’s allotment, my favourite allotment!  Actually it was an easy decision.  For positive personal reasons Jennie and Jon will no longer have time to work their plot and that would mean more of the load...

Allotment Diary (August 2020 – Week 2)

Before I get started, just a quick note about the future! I’m experimenting with a few changes to how I write this diary.  I won’t be including as many weekly statistics because these just duplicate data that’s already available in my Airtable databases.  This reduces all the redundant cut and...