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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: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:24:54 +0000

 



Harvesting the oca on Debbie’s Allotment

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:24:35 +0000

We planted five oca (New Zealand Yam) tubers this year, our first attempt at growing them. Only four of them survived and only three thrived. They didn’t grow much in spring, but put on a lot of growth in late summer. The tuber’s don’t seem to grow until late autumn...



Preparing for winter on Steve’s Allotment by insulating the cold-frames

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:49:13 +0000

Most of my cold-frames are only protected by a single layer of polythene. This is great for protecting from, wind, snow, hail and heavy rain (light rain is welcome) but it’s not a great insulator. Last year I insulated one of the frames with an inner layer of fleece and...



December Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:14:04 +0000

This is the first tour of winter and almost everything continues to grow well, somethings too well. The green salaonvas are suffering a bit, but the miner’s lettuce is growing faster than we can eat it and we eat a lot. We had a few very early frosts and these...



The Overhaul Of Jennie’s Plot is Finished (nearly)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:01:44 +0000

Today is a milestone for us as we finally finish the overhaul of Jennie’s plot. Our objectives were to: get the weeds under control in the orchard area, get rid of the grass paths, widen the paths and raise the beds so that we could put down a thick compost...



November Kitchen Garden Tour

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:36:48 +0000

Today’s video is a quick tour of the kitchen garden and there’s not much going on, so I also check in on the store room. We mainly use the kitchen garden for berries, but we also have a few raised beds that we stock with our most commonly used veg:...



How I Compost Leaves

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:10:49 +0000

*** Edited to include a link to the correct video! Almost everyone else that I know puts their leaves in a big wire cage and then forgets about them for a few years. I don’t have the time or space for that, I want my leaves on the ground (in...



Big Changes On Jennie’s Plot and a Small Tour

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:12:09 +0000

It’s all change on Jennie’s plot this month. The growing is slowing down, so it’s the season for projects. Debbie has laid a patio, trimmed the hedges and shifted the pile of rubbish and compost bins. I’ve pruned and cleared out the weeds at the bottom the the hedge. Together...



November Allotment Tour (Debbie’s Plot)

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:30:59 +0000

This month’s tour is very simillar to the last, as there’s not much changing in November on Debbie’s allotment. The beans, New Zealand Spinach and Oca are dying back after the frost; the Lambs Lettuce, Miner’s Lettuce and brassicas are thriving. Everything is as it should be. We will be...



Typical November Allotment Harvest Day

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:25:08 +0000

Every Tuesday we do a harvest for friends and family, it’s a pretty big job, and the highlight of my allotment week. Last weeks video showed me processing (cleaning and packing) a typical weeks harvest from the allotment. In this video I thought I would show the harvest process instead....



November Allotment Tour (Steve’s Plot)

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:22:16 +0000

Things are starting to quiet down on the plot now, all the beds are planted and productive, or dormant until spring, so there’s not much to do but pull up the odd weed and harvest. Well that’s not totally true, I’m still raking up leaves every few days from the...



Record Breaking Allotment Harvest & Prep

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:56:25 +0000

I’m not very well today so I’m indulging myself and making a video of today’s harvest and how I prepared it for delivery. This video is for enthusiastic followers only. It does mark my biggest harvest of the autumn so far, a fairly impressive – for me at least –...



Finding Jobs To Do On A Perfect October Day

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 14:06:16 +0000

There’s not much to do on the plot now, it basically pottering and harvest time.  On a perfect sunny, windless day though there’s no place I’d rather be, so I try and invent a few jobs to do and find a few useful things as well. Growing year round means...



Allotment Finances – Costs and Value

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:23:21 +0000

Over the last 18 months we’ve setup three allotments from scratch. Each time our impatience has exceeded our normal frugality, so we’ve invested heavily to maximise value and fun. In this video I take you through our approach and then do a quick overview of where all the money’s gone...



The big picture of our Allotment life and how everything fits together

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:46:08 +0000

In this video I explain why I started an Allotment, what it means to me and how the three plots work together as a little Allotment empire. In brief, I retired a couple of years ago due to ill health and I got an allotment to fill the time that...



October Allotment Tour (Debbie’s Plot)

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:35:13 +0000

While my plot is almost fully replanted for Autumn and Winter now, Debbie’s plot is still in a state of transition with quite a lot plants still hanging on. The New Zealand Spinach, a firm favourite, continues to cling on and the Berlotti Beans are still growing very strongly as...