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    Allotments for Hatfield Peverel
    Promoting Allotment Gardening in Hatfield Peverel Essex

  • Best Allotment Competition 2017

    bac ban2017July 1st 2017 Starting 11.30am Old Site

     Thanks to all those who attended, this years competition was a great success and one of the highest turns outs I have seen, so thanks to all those that came and supported the hard work of the HPAA commitee, in particular, Julia East and Margret Hastings, Julie Ruzbridge who put in so much hard work with the lovely food, Drew Price & Simon Read for their great efforts tidying up the sites and general helpfulness on the day, The Scouts and Guides for their help laying on Coffee and Teas and agaib for all those that supported the event particularly for Carlie Mayes for her Bees and Honey display and last but no means least Gerald Vale from the National Vegetable Society for his great job as judge and talk afterwards.  Thank you all

  • Dengie 100 & Maldon Bekeepers
  • Crop Rotation: A Five-Year Plan

    5 Year Crop Rotation Plan5 Year Crop Rotation Plan

    There are many plans for crop rotation, but the most reliable is the 5 year plan as ity seperates the main vegetable categories and gives a longer-term solution

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Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

Rhubarb & custard cocktailRhubarb & custard cocktail
An elegant vodka-based drink that'll wow your guests - it's made with creamy advocaat iqueur and homemade fruit syrup

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Beetroot VarietiesBeetroot Varieties

Beetroot Varieties

Great Beetroots to try

Barbabietola di Chioggia Beetroot
  • An old traditional Italian beet with unusual white rings when roots are sliced.

  • Requires less cooking than normal beets and has a lovely mild flavour.

  • Boltardy Beetroot
    • Beetroot Boltardy is the most popular choice for early sowing, good resistance to bolting.

    • Produces medium size globe shaped roots of superb deep red with no rings. Good resistance to bolting.

  • Bulls' Blood Beetroot
    • Although primarily grown as an ornamental plant for its dark red leaves, it is now mildly used in baby leaf salads.

    • It provides almost crimson colour leaves with a sweet taste to add to any salad.

  • Cheltenham Green Top Beetroot
    • Long tapering roots of slightly rough texture, excellent flavour and good for the show bench.
  • Crimson King Beetroot
    • Kings own variety, selected from crops on their Essex farm.
    • Medium to large round roots of deep red with fine flavour and texture with no rings.
    • Ideal for winter storage..
  • Cylindra Beetroot
    • Half long stump rooted variety, perfect for slicing, excellent flavour and very good for winter storage.

    • Slower to maturity than globe varieties.

  • Detroit Globe Beetroot
    • Introduced nearly a century ago and still one of the favourites for main crop sowing.
    • Deep red flesh, marvellous flavour and stores well.
    • Easy to grow and much more tasty than fresh shop bought beetroot.
    • It should be harvested just at the right time when the size of a tennis ball.
  • Detroit White Beetroot
    • A Tender pure white root.
    • An unusual variety with a rounded slightly conical shape.
  • Forono Beetroot
    • An improved variety of half long stump rooted type, selected for its flavour.
    • Produces large roots which store well and are excellent for slicing and pickling.
  • Golden Beet Beetroot
    • Yellow/orange flesh, globe-shaped.
    • Does not bleed when cooked.
    • Good Flavour.
  • Moneta Beetroot
    • A monogerm variety producing single seedlings at each sowing instead of the clusters from normal seed.
    • Medium sized roots which are slow to bolt.
  • Pablo F1 Beetroot
    • This excellent deep red beetroot can be used as a baby beet, or grown on as a main crop.
    • Perfect for any salad with its globe roots and sweet tasting smooth flesh.
  • Wodan F1 Beetroot
    • Delicious medium size roots which rarely become woody.
    • Pick young as baby beet or leave to mature.

 

Perrywoods Garden Centre 
HPAA sponsored company - Perrywoods Garden Centre
Thank you for your recent donation of a raffle prize with raised money for our funds!

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NSALG National Allotments Week

Category: Recipes

Oca or Potato Homity Pie Recipe

Homity PieHomity Pie

Homity pie is a traditional British open vegetable pie. The pastry case traditionally contains a filling of potatoes and an onion and leek mixture, which is then covered with cheese.  It has a history that dates back to the efforts of the Land girls of the Second World War and the restrictions imposed by wartime rationing.

 

Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine ParmigianaAubergine Parmigiana

This simple aubergine parmigiana recipe from Italy makes a cosy mid-week meal. Serve this cheese, tomato and aubergine bake as a vegetarian main dish, with some wholewheat garlic bread or a peppery rocket salad, or you can also make it as a hearty side for for a meat dish.!

 

Fagiolini in Umido

Fagiolini in UmidoFagiolini in Umido

 This is a great dish to use some of the abundant Green Beans that should be available in the summer months Fagiolini in Umido is an Italian dside dish simply means Green Beans cooked in Tomato.

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in April

Jobs to do in April

Spring should be here but watch out for frosts!

Sow seed outdoors
Vegetable growing really takes off this month. Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half. It's also time to sow seed outdoors in well-prepared soil.

 

Jobs to do in February

Jobs to do in February

Time to do some groundwork

We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth.

 

Jobs to do in January

Jobs to do on the Allotment in January
January is generally a very cold month with hard frosts freezing the ground and when the ground isn't frozen it is generally too wet to do much although there are no guarantees with British weather. Looking through my diaries, snow isn't that likely for a prolonged period but you never know.

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