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Steve's Seaside Life

I retired early and now I'm enjoying life travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning and writing about my experiences on this blog as I go along. See also @steveisreading @steveiswriting and @steverichards on twitter

Last Build Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:10:24 +0000


Weekly Allotment Update and Tour

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:10:24 +0000

The harvests are really starting to pick up now. I’ve just picked 20 litres of veg, that’s a respectable £20 worth, and it’s the second harvest of the week. It’s a tricky time of year though, picking enough to eat, but leaving the plants strong, so that they grow even...

5 Questions, 5 Answers and 5 YouTuber’s

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:16:42 +0000

Amanda from AJ’s Allotment asked me to answer 5 questions and then tag 5 additional people who I’d like to see answer the same questions. There’s no obligation to answer of course, but if you fancy it, then I’m sure people would appreciate the answers. So first, thanks to Amanda...

This is what self-sufficiency – in seasonal veg – looks like in February!

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:44:45 +0000

Here’s a quick video to show what self-sufficiency in most seasonal veg looks like on the allotment today. I take a quick walk around the plots and do a typical February harvest, then I take a few bits from the store room at home and show everything cleaned up in...

Weekly Allotment Update – Polytunnel Prep, Mulching, Potatoes and a Quick Tour

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:35:01 +0000

It’s been a busy week on the allotments, spurred on by pretty great weather! I’ve done a lot of work on Jennie’s plot, forking and mulching the potato bed with well rotted manure and preparing the potato pots. I’ve also mulched the brassica bed with spent mushroom compost, now all...

Allotment Smoothies

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:48:49 +0000

Today’s video is in response to a viewer’s request. Apparently I’m always mentioning smoothie’s on the videos and so a video of making them was a good idea too. Smoothie’s are particularly important at this time of year, because leaves for salads are a bit thin on the ground, whereas...

Weekly update/tour – early strawberries, planting, reducing our workload and composting plans

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:41:43 +0000

In today’s video I provide an update on what’s happened over the last few days. The focus continues to be on reducing our spring and summer workload, preparing for spring and getting ready for the polytunnel. Specifically I pot up early strawberries. Plant lettuces and beets (for leaves), carry a...

January Tour of Jennie’s Allotment Plot

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:24:32 +0000

This is a short video showing the progress on Jennie’s plot. It’s taken a while to film it because the weather has just been too windy to get decent audio, but today it’s finally bearable. There’s not much progress to report. I’m still raving about kalette’s which are the best...

Big Plans For My Little Allotment

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:49:12 +0000

Last weekend I enlisted the help of some – wood burner owning – friends and we took down the old – unproductive – apples trees on my plot. I was a big job that’s left me exhausted for a few days but I’m on the mend now and making plans....

January Tour of Debbie’s Plot

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:28 +0000

Everything is as it should be on Debbie’s plot. She’s mulching the beds with her excellent home made compost, pruning the apple trees and training them to their support wires, and continuing to harvest. At the moment the most prolific harvest is coming from the winter miners lettuce, but the...

January Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:49:45 +0000

I’m taking advantage of a few good days to do a quick tour of my plot, but more importantly I’m also working with a couple of friends to take down my old cooking apples trees and a very poor eater. This will open up a huge area on my plot,...

Allotment Hotbed – Filling and Planting

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:24:49 +0000

Today’s video shows the process of emptying last years hot bed and then filling it again and also filling the new hotbed. The process is fairly simple to describe: First I fill the empty hotbed with 18″ of compressed horse bedding (manure). Depending on the proportion of droppings I also...

How I’m Doing My Allotment Planting Plan in 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:05:10 +0000

In this video I take you through the approach that I’ve taken to planning the allotments this year. Last year I invested in a fancy online planning app, but it was too complex, inflexible and inconvenient to access on my phone. This year I’m going back to basics. I’m keeping...

Review Of Our Allotment Year 2017

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:25:36 +0000

Here’s a quick video review of our allotment year, and in summary it’s been fantastic, although it’s had it’s difficult moments. The allotments have proven to be incredibly life enriching, allowing us to work outdoors, be part of a lovely community and eat wonderful – near – organic food. In...

Harvest Highlights From Our Allotments In 2017

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:46:26 +0000

Here’s a quick video review of some of our allotment harvest highlights for 2017. The allotments have proven to be incredibly life enriching, allowing us to work outdoors, be part of a lovely community and eat wonderful – near – organic food. In 2018 we expect to be 95% self-sufficient...

December Tour Of Jennie’s Allotment

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:06:43 +0000

This is a quick tour of Jennie’s plot in December. The work on the landscaping is essentially complete now and we’ve planted the new trees – Braeburn, Pear and Plum. All of the alliums are up, as are the broad beans and the brassicas are fantastic. Especially the Kalletes (a...