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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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Courgette Varieties to try

  • All Green Bush Courgette
    • High yields of dark green fruits that should be cut when about 8-10cm long. Crops over a long period when harvested regularly..
  • Ambassador F1 Courgette
    • A early variety with dark green fruits.
  • Atena Polka F1 Courgette
    • Brighten your dish with this bright yellow fruited variety. Excellent flavoured courgettes and very prolific..
  • Battani F1 Courgette
    • An early high yielding variety producing large quantities of very dark green small fruits.
  • Clarion F1 Courgette (Lebanese Type)
    • Very early into fruit. Compact bush habit bearing light green mottled fruit in good quantities and with slightly tapered shape. Harvest when 12 to 15cm long.
  • Defender F1 Courgette
    • Heavy yielding variety which is resistant to Cucumber Mosaic Virus. Deep green fruits are produced all summer long if cropped regularly. Bush habit.
  • Early Gem F1 Courgette
    • Very early crop of dark green fruits with a lighter green stripe. Dual purpose as the fruits can be left to form good shaped marrows.
  • Floridor F1 Courgette
    • An exciting spherical courgette, very productive with golden yellow fruit.
  • Defender F1 Courgette
    • Heavy yielding variety which is resistant to Cucumber Mosaic Virus. Deep green fruits are produced all summer long if cropped regularly. Bush habit.
  • Midnight F1 Courgette
    • A slightly speckled courgette with a good flavour, compact and bushy plant. Ideal for growing in containers. Completely spineless and so easier to pick.
  • Nero de Milano Courgette
    • Medium early, dark green, cylindrical fruit of about 18-20cm in length. Erect, open plant habit for easy picking.
  • Partenon F1 Courgette
    • Self pollinating, no need for insects. Will crop all season, summer to autumn. Ideal for container growing. High yielding. Excellent flavour.
  • Tondo Di Nizza Courgette
    • Light green mottled fruit but the difference is that Tondo is round. Pick when the fruits are about 10cm in diameter. Trailing habit, needs space.
  • Zucchini Courgette
    • Smooth skin of really dark green. Slim and cylindrical with excellent internal quality. Ideal for freezing.
  • Tromboncino Courgette
    • Unlike any zucchini you have ever grown or seen!  Fruits grow long and curved with bell at the flower end.  Harvest fruits at around 30cm long.  Fruits will grow to a spectacular metre long and are still good to eat at that length!  Plants are vigorous climbers or can be left to trail on the ground.

 

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.

 

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 & 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!

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 September

Jobs to do in September
September marks a change in the seasons, you'll be harvesting the last of your summer crops if you haven't already done so, crops like tomatoes, beans, peppers, sweetcorn will be finishing, but on the other hand the first of the Autumn crops will be nearing ready or may be ready like Apples, Pears, Main Crop Potatoes, Winter Squashes to name but a few!

 

Jobs to do in June

Jobs to do in June

Summer should be here!

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system.

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