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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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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.

 

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!

Read more about Perrywood here

NSALG National Allotments Week

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.!

 

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!

 

One-Pot Roast Pork Chops with Fennel & Potatoes

One-Pot Roast Pork Chops with Fennel & PotatoesOne-Pot Roast Pork Chops with Fennel & Potatoes

 Super easy and super tasty dish!

Category: The Growing Season

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 May

Jobs to do in May

May is usually one of the busiest months

The soil is warm and the plants growing well. But watch out for a sneaky late frost.

 

Jobs to do in October

Jobs to do in October

October is the month when it feels like the season is about to turn, the days start to shorten and the sun appears lower in the sky, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground and temperatures drop.  The first frost are likely too, which will be the end of many of your crops out in the open so if you still haven’t harvested frost sensitive crops now is the time before Jack Frost gets them!

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