Author: Steve Richards

Allotment Diary (August – Week 4)

After a couple of weeks of cloudy, windy and drizzly weather, we’ve had a week of extremely sunny/mild weather and it’s been used to good effect on the allotment. I’ve had nothing to sow this week, but I’ve been busy clearing beds and planting. Unfortunately the nights have also been...

Allotment Diary (August – Week 3)

Although the weather is predicted to improve next week, summer definitely seems to have finished here. The outdoor summer plantings are definitely feeling it too. The high winds have battered the climbing beans, the constant damp has stimulated an explosion of snails and slugs, the outdoor tomatoes are showing signs...

Allotment Diary (July – Week 4)

It’s been another hot and dry week. These hot days really sap my energy and the hot nights make it very difficult for me to sleep. I’ve made it through the nights with a cooling mattress, supplemented by frozen ‘hot water’ bottles. I’ve managed to spend a couple of days...

Allotment Diary (July – Week 2)

I’ve done almost no gardening this week as we’ve been concentrating on family. Anna, Thom and Mimi are visiting us from London. We’ve been out on the beach every day walking and playing with Mimi (the dog), I’ve been hiking with Thom and we’ve spent loads of time in the...