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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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Club Root & Cabbage Root Fly MaggotsClub Root & Cabbage Root Fly Maggots

Club Root

This is a fungal disease causing stunted growth, purplish foliage and wilting in hot weather. The root system also becomes swollen and distorted. It is worse on acidic soils and in warm, wet weather.

Remedy:

  • If you have acidic soil you should apply lime before you plant.
  • Test soil acidity using a pH meter which you can buy from DIY stores, or garden centres.
  • If the pH of your soil is less than pH6, it is acidic.
  • Once you see the symptoms of club root, there is very little you can do.

Birds:

Some birds, especially pigeons, will strip the leaves from broccoli, affecting the plants vigour and yield. They will also pull up seedlings.

Remedy:

  • Scarecrows and other devices for frightening birds may work for a while, but the best way of protecting crops is to cover with fine netting, such as Enviromesh. This will also help to protect plants from caterpillars.

Caterpillars:

  • A number of caterpillars will feed on cabbages, but the most common are those of cabbage white butterflies.
  • You will usually see the caterpillars, if not, you will see the holes they make in the leaves. They will also bore into the heart of cabbages.

Remedy:

  • In mild attacks, or if you have only a few plants, you may be able to pick the caterpillars off.
  • You can spray with pyrethrum, deltamethrin or lambda-cyhalothrin.
  • Insect-proof mesh or fine netting (5-7mm mesh) can prevent egg-laying.

Cabbage root fly:

  • Adult cabbage root flies resemble house flies.
  • Their larvae are white maggots that feed on the roots and can kill seedling and recently transplanted brassicas

Remedy:

  • Protect seed beds and young plants with fleece or insect proof mesh.
  • Remove these when plants 15-25cm (6in-10in) tall, and place a felt collar at the base of each plant to prevent eggs being laid.

 

NSALG National Allotments Week

Category: Recipes

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!

 

Filo Pie with Swiss Chard, Ricotta Cheese and Tomatoes

Filo Pie with Swiss Chard, Ricotta Cheese, and TomatoesFilo Pie with Swiss Chard, Ricotta Cheese, and Tomatoes

 Stuck for an idea for how to use Chard, well why not try this dish?

 

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.!

Category: The Growing Season

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 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 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!

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