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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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Leek Varieties to try

  • Almera Leek
    • An autumn type cropping from mid July to September. Long slender stems/mid green semi-upright leaves.
  • Atlantic Leek
    • Very good frost tolerance for winter cropping well into the new year.
  • Axima Leek
    • Long strong shaft without bulbing. Dark green erect foliage.
  • Below Zero F1 Leek
    • British breeding has combined the vigour of an F1 Hybrid with extreme cold tolerance to produce quality leeks which will withstand the harshest of weathers. Dark leaves, pure white stems with no bulbing, long standing ability and bolting and rust tolerant.
  • Blue Solaise Leek
    • A traditional French variety with deep blue-purple leaves. Superb flavour and very hardy.
  • Carentan Leek
    • Large thick stems with blue-green foliage. Crops late October to Early January.
  • Giant Winter Leek
    • Excellent late variety with heavy thick stems. Will stand in the ground for a long time.
  • Hannibal Leek
    • Fast growing variety for summer and autumn cropping.
  • Jolant Leek
    • Very early variety with a mild flavour. Use for mini-veg or grow on to harvest form August onwards. Grows vigorously and gives a high-density stem.
  • Mammoth Blanch Leek
    • A superior exhibition variety with extra long white blanch and thick, broad flag. Sow mid-January to early March at 15°C.Do not overwater seedlings as this may cause damping off. Harden off and plant out from early May.
  • Musselburgh Leek
    • Most popular variety/strong growing habit. Very winter hardy, thick stems. Ready from December onwards.
  • Oarsman F1 Leek
    • Medium to dark flag leaf, the plants remain virtually free from bolting even when direct drilled. Second early to mid season maturity slot. Shows good resistant to bolting.
  • Pot Leek
    • A true exhibition variety producing very large, heavy leeks.
  • Prizetaker/Lyon Leek
    • Uniform habit produces long thick white stems. As the name implies is ideal for the show bench. Matures from early autumn onwards.
  • Tadorna Leek
    • Medium length, very upright habit and extremely winter hardy. Crops from December to March.

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!

 

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.

 

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 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!

 

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.

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