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  • Allotments for Hatfield Peverel

    Allotments for Hatfield Peverel
    Promoting Allotment Gardening in Hatfield Peverel Essex

  • Best Allotment Competition 2017
  • Dengie 100 & Maldon Bekeepers
  • Crop Rotation: A Five-Year Plan

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  • History of the HPAA

    HPAA History

    The Hatfield Peverel Allotment Association has been around for over a hundred years, below is an article written by David Goodey and makes good reading!

     
  • Hatfield Peverel Allotment Association: Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy
    Here we set out our Privacy Policy on what information we collect and how we use this data
     
  • Important Information


    Please take some time in reading this section carefully as it will guide you through the protocols of what is expected of each persons holding an allotment and their visitors to the allotment sites.
     
  • Cultivation Policy

    Cultivation Policy

    "Cultivation” and, more importantly “non-cultivation”, can mean different things to different people and can be interpreted in various ways. If you look around the site, you will find that there are almost as many different styles of cultivation as there are plots. It is certainly not necessary to maintain strictly regimented rows of vegetables.

 

Winter Squash Varieties to try

  • Autumn Crown F1 Squash
    • Bred specifically for the UK climate, including the North of England. It combines the best characteristics of colour of a butternut type along with the familiar shape of Crown Prince.
  • Bon Bon F1 Squash
    • Increasing in popularity every year. Buttercup type of flattened globe with dark green striped fruit and yellow flesh of outstanding flavour. Beautiful cut into slices and steamed gently until tender.
  • Buttercup Winter Squash
    • A winter squash with delicious dense firm flesh and superb sweet flavour. Use for roasting with the joint, soups and pumpkin pie. Unusual shape with grey-green skin.  Weight 1.5kg.
  • Butternut Winter Squash
    • Beautiful small round orange fruits. Make the perfect serving dish for pumpkin soup once the flesh has been used. Late summer and autumn crop. Plant at 60cm spacing's.
  • Cha Cha F1 Winter Squash
    • Kabocha type with dark green, slightly flat-round fruits. Bright orange flesh cooks up dry, flaky and sweet with a delicious taste. Average weight 2kg (4lbs) with a yield of 3/4 fruits per plant.
  • Connells Bush Delicata Winter Squash
    • Narrow, elongated fruits with cream coloured skin and dark green thin stripes.  Very sweet, orange flesh that can be eaten as soon as mature.
  • Crown Prince F1 Squash
    • Renowned for its eating qualities this steel grey skinned with deep orange flesh will grow to about 4kg(9lbs) in size. Its is also excellent for long term storage.
  • Gold Nugget Winter Squash
    • Early to mature these globe shaped fruit are lovely golden orange weighing up to 1kg each. Bush habit so plant at 80-90cm spacings.
  • Golden Hubbard Winter Squash
    • Vigorous trailing habit producing large, slightly ridged fruits weighing up to 3kg. Orange-yellow flesh of excellent flavour. Fruits are very good for winter storage.
  • Honey Bear F1 Squash
    • The small fruits are just the right size halved for single servings. This acorn type is deliciously starchy and sweet. Compact bush plant, with an average 3-4 fruits each. Resistant to powdery mildew. Aprox 85 days to mature from sowing.
  • Marina di Chioggia (Kabocha Squash) Winter Squash
    • Medium sized, flattened globe fruits with knobbly grey-green skin.  The fruits will store for a long time.  The delightful yellow-orange flesh improves in flavour after a few weeks.
  • Metro F1 PMR Winter Squash
    • An attractive butternut type. Slightly smaller then most. Average weight 1.5kg (3lbs) with a yield of 4/5 fruits per plant. Powdery mildew resistance helps support the improved sugar taste.
  • Musquee de Provence Winter Squash
    • Large round, semi-flat scalloped fruits weighing up to 10kg. Skin turns from green to golden brown on maturity and the flesh is a dense orange colour and of excellent flavour. Very long storage ability and plants have trailing habits.
  • Pink Banana Squash
    • An American heritage variety which has a firm, sweet, yellow-orange flesh ideal for baking.  Its skin turns pinkish-orange when mature.  Trailing up to 10ft
  • Sunshine F1 Winter Squash
  • A bright red / orange skinned Kasbocha type squash, with a sweet nutty flavour.  Stringless when baked or steamed.  The flesh can be sliced like carrot sticks for a tasty raw snack.
  • Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash
    • Unusual skin colouring of stripes of light and dark green and flesh of creamy orange. Perfect for cooking whole or stuffing.
  • Turks Turban Winter Squash
    • Shaped rather like a cottage loaf, unusual and attractive fruits are very good to eat. Perfect for stuffing and cooking whole. Space plants 100cm apart
  • Uchiki Kuri Winter Squash
  • Also called the onion squash because of its shape. Bright orange skin and flesh with a lovely nutty flavour. Late summer maturity. Plants need 100cm.
    • Waltham Butternut Squash
  • Elongated fruit with small bulbous end. Skin is pale golden orange with deep orange flesh of sweet flavour that improves after storage. Produces about 4 fruits per plant, weighing up to 2 kg.

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

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.

 

Rhubarb & Grenadine Crumble

Rhubarb & Grenadine CrumbleRhubarb & Grenadine Crumble
This has a great twist, the Grenadine adds great colour and taste to the rhubarb that will add that something special to your dessert!

 

Irish Stew with Parsnips

Irish Stew with ParsnipsIrish Stew with Parsnips
The Parsnips are by no means traditional in this recipe and are optional but my wife loves them so what you going to do? 

Category: The Growing Season

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.

 

Jobs to do in July

Jobs to do in July

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

Now is the height of summer, the days endlessly long, temperatures usually at their peek and you should be reaping the rewards of your hard work in the preceding months. Watering in this month is crucial to stem off premature bolting, tomato blossom end rot and splitting skins.

 

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.

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