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  • Allotments for Hatfield Peverel

    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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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.

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Category: Recipes

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.!

 

Classic Rhubarb Crumble

Classic Rhubarb CrumbleClassic Rhubarb Crumble
Growing up this was my favourite dessert & seeing as only my dad and I liked it I always had a massive portion!

 

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

Category: The Growing Season

The Growing Season

The growing season

The Growing Season varies in different parts of the United Kingdom, but in Hatfield Peverel we are blessed with a milder climate and enjoy a longer season than many parts of the country.

In this section of the web site I have tried to separate the season out into monthly sections to help and guide you through the most popular tasks and crops regularly grown on the allotment site, but if you would like a feature made of a particular vegetable or task, please get in touch and I will do my best to add it to the web site for you.

 

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 August

Jobs to do in August

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

August is the month of plenty, virtually everything you planted and sown will be giving you a crop, daily trips to the plot are recommended this month, harvesting, watering, and weeding all needing doing this month!

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