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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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Tomato Varieties to try

  • Ailsa Craig Tomato
    • A tried and tested variety renowned for its flavour. Greenback type giving good crops of medium size fruit.
  • Alicante Tomato
    • Best described as an improved Moneymaker type. Heavy crops of uniform smooth, medium size fruits of good flavour maturing quite early.
  • Amateur Tomato
    • One of the most popular bush varieties. Medium small fruit size of bright red with good flavour. Reliable and dependable.
  • Apricot Dream Tomato
    • Amazing taste, very sweet. Bright orange blocky fruit with a fantastic texture.
  • Beefmaster F1 Tomato
    • Extra large tomatoes up to 500gm (1lb) each ideal for slicing or stuffing. Good colour and excellent flavour.
  • Black Russian Tomato
    • Dark, deep red to shiny black fruit with heavy green shoulders. The flesh is deep reddish-green and is sweet and tasty. Early maturing indeterminate vine type for indoor production.
  • Britain's Breakfast Tomato
    • Lemon shaped red fruit that does not split when ripe. Indeterminate type that produces very large spreading trusses with sometimes over 60 fruit. Greenhouse or outdoor.
  • Chadwick Tomato
    • Vigorous growing plant that has strong disease-resistance. Large, cherry-type fruit of good sharp flavour.
  •  Cherrola F1 Tomato
    • A vigorous, high yielding, early indeterminate hybrid variety of cherry tomato, for growing inside or out. Moderate tolerance to potato blight.
  • Craigella Tomato
    • Selected out of Ailsa Craig, chosen for its fine flavour but a non-greenback type. Medium size fruit of beautiful red colour.
  • Fandango F1 Tomato
    • Vigorous, indeterminate plants that produce heavy crops of deep red fruits up to 150g (5oz) in weight with very good flavour. Blight tolerant and is resistant to fusarium and verticilium wilt.
  • Garden Pearl Tomato
    • Delicious, rosy-red, cherry-size fruits. Ideal to grow in hanging baskets. Ealry to crop and continues to crop all season. Fruit trusses tunble over basket sides.
  • Gardeners Delight Tomato
    • An old favourite with great flavour.
  • Golden Sunrise Tomato
    • The golden yellow fruits are considered by many to be the best flavoured tomatoes there are. Medium size, nice and fleshy.
  • Harbinger Tomato
    • Early and heavy cropping, giving good flavoured medium size fruits. Can be grown under unheated protection.
  • Lidi Tomato
    • Small sweet, yellow plum-shaped fruit. Produces heavy crop – 80 fruits per truss, 3-4 trusses per plant. Also Ideal for containers. Replaces Yellow cocktail.
  • Lizzano F1 Tomato
    • Bright red, baby cherry sized. Vigorous, trailing, semi-determinate type with abundant amount of fruits.  Blight tolerant.

 

NSALG National Allotments Week

Category: Recipes

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!

 

Lamb Cutlets with Butternut Squash & Mint

Lamb Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Beans, and MintLamb Cutlets with Butternut Squash & Mint

Simply delicious one of my all time favourites

 

Aubergine and Tomato Bake

Aubergine and Tomato BakeAubergine and Tomato Bake

 Super easy and super tasty dish!

Category: The Growing Season

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!

 

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 February

Jobs to do in February

Time to do some groundwork

We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth.

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