Author: Steve Richards

Allotment Diary (November – Week 2)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? There’s very little to report in this week’s diary, everything is planted except a few shallots and I’ve hardly had any time on the plot, just a few harvests, chopping down the raspberries and fleecing the polytunnel against frosts: a total...

Allotment Diary (November – Week 1)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? I’ve been away on a short break this week, enjoying one my old home towns, Kingston Upon Hull, a true regeneration success story, such a beautiful and vibrant place, especially if you stick close to the water-front like I do.  As...

What I’m Sowing and Growing in November

After a wet August and September October has been a pleasant surprise.  We’ve still had plenty of rain, but it’s been balanced by a reasonable amount of sunshine and I’ve certainly enjoyed plenty of time away from the allotments. The plants have enjoyed the weather too and everything is now...

Allotment Diary (October – Week 4)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? The allotments are in fairly good shape now for winter, so we’ve not had too much to do, but the weather’s been quite nice and my blistered feet mean I’ve not had much opportunity for exercise, so pottering around the allotments...

Allotment Diary (October – Week 3)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? I’ve been away on holiday for a week, visiting the New Scientist Live conference in London and spending a few days with two of my daughters and their partners.  As a result there’s been a bit less allotment activity than usual...

What I’m Sowing and Growing in October

October, like September, has been a challenging month in the garden.  High winds, lots of rain and not much sun.  I even had to put cold-frame lids over new plantings of lettuce to protect them from the gales and hail!  It looks like everything has pulled through though, the squash...

Allotment Diary (September – Week 4)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? Not much time on the allotment this week, mainly harvesting and tweaking the water collection system and moving water from the collection tanks to the storage tanks, a total of 8 hours, big push next week though as we almost finish...

Allotment Diary (September – Week 3)

How much time have I spent on the allotments? Most of my time this week has been spent expanding my rain water harvesting system, I’ve upgraded from 2.6m3 to 4.6m3 and that’s involved moving lots of storage containers and water around to make room.  I’ve also given half of my...