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Vivienne Hallman
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Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vivienne Hallman Aug 7. 18 Replies

Last year I planted 7 (70-100mm) rhizomes of Jerusalem artichokes.  Over…Continue

Pawpaw seedlings to give away

Started May 19 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I have some small pawpaw seedlings available. They have come up from from my compost and are from my own tree. It is a red bisexual pawpaw that produces large (2kg+) fruit with a good…Continue


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Vivienne Hallman is attending Valerie's event

Garden visit at Yoorala community Gardens at Yoorala community gardens, 98 yoorala st, The Gap 4061 Qld.

October 17, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
Working bees takes place from 8 to 10am. We are weeding in the bushtucker areaCome and share morning tea at 10am followed by a tour of the garden.See More
Oct 16
Vivienne Hallman commented on Valerie's photo

Chicken food

"I have used BT in the past when I was growing organic veges for restaurants.  It worked well although I had very few problems with caterpillars.  My theory is that "pest" insects only attack plants that are not growing…"
Sep 8
Vivienne Hallman replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion The "wish list" thread. What you'd like:
"I sent you a friend invite if you like to reply."
Aug 28
Vivienne Hallman is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 29th August - date change- Valerie's Garden Visit at THE GAP

August 29, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  29th August 10.00am TO 12.00pmValerie tells us a little about her garden - We've lived in our house for over 10 years and every year the garden goes from strength to strength. This year, the garden got an great overall with many of the  beds moved or replaced. We have a mix of wicking boxes and ground garden. We grow a few trees in pots and in the grounds. We host native bees and lots of other bug species as well as worms. I am planning to organise an activity on the day. TBA.The…See More
Aug 20
Vivienne Hallman replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"An update on my earlier post about Jerusalem artichokes. After comments from members and hours looking at You tube videos, I think my plants are in fact yacon. I thought that the original rhizomes I purchased from Caboolture markets were Jerusalem…"
Aug 7
Dianne Caswell favorited Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
Aug 7
CHERYL SLAPP favorited Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
Aug 7
Andrew Cumberland replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"After the lockdown, I'll have to take you up to Paul's.  He does some great stuff.  We can pick up that Mr Riley rogue on the way.  "
Aug 6
Andrew Cumberland replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"Either great minds think alike, or fools seldom differ. LOL. "
Aug 6
Dave Riley replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"Yes as I said. Yacon. While the J-chokes have biggish yellow flowers (being a sunflower fam member), Yacon has delicate yellow flower with many petals. But it could hide easily inside your J-choke clump. Cut open they are whitish to light yellow and…"
Aug 6
Doug Hanning replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"I have been barred from getting one as well!"
Aug 6
Andrew Cumberland replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"I'd love one. They come in a kit with a proper toilet and are quite tidy units. My off grid mate Paul uses bio for cooking and lighting. The Minister for Finance and War has already embargoed me getting one. "
Aug 6
Andrew Cumberland replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"I found them to be apple-like in texture but potato with a hint of sweet in taste. "
Aug 6
Griffin C replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"I also believe that the larger, smooth tubers are yacon. If they are, you should try them raw, apparently they are comparable to a fruit in flavour."
Aug 6
Vivienne Hallman replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"I know just the place to install a biogas digester, I think it's called "McDowall Manor", I gather the people there really embrace way out ideas!!!"
Aug 6
Andrew Cumberland replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"What a great crop.  And now you get bio-gas as a side benefit.  We just need to work out how to hook you up to some kind of big bladder so we don't waste any.  "
Aug 6

Profile Information

About me:
Retired university lecturer, research scientist and environmental engineer.
Set up a business growing organic veges and fish, which I then supplied to restaurants and private customers.
I am a qualified permaculture designer.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I live in a retirement village which has a community garden. I grow veges and fruit in this garden and share the produce with other residents.
I am interested in:
Growing all sorts of food, particularly the lesser known varieties.
Turning "waste" materials into food, and the biological recycling of all organic waste products.
Having a disease free old age.
Energy healing of people and the earth.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Products and/or Services, Training and Consultancy, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Jerusalem artichokes

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 12:08 5 Comments

 Hi everyone,

I am wondering if anyone knows where I may be able to get some Jerusalem artichoke tubers to plant.  They are a great vegetable but I have not found any around.

Thank you

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At 9:54 on November 1, 2020, Joe Wang said…

Hi Vivienne, Thanks for inviting me as your friend and offering to help me to find a place with good soil. I just noticed that. I am still not very familiar with BLF website.

At 15:24 on August 6, 2020, Roger Clark said…

Hi Vivienne,

Thanks for your email,

Yes I am always interested in sharing ideas. The ideas I have experimented in have mostly been gleaned from visiting other peoples places and even some from TV shows, etc. for example growing in PVC tubes was gleaned from watching on Tino on Gardening Australia. Carrots are my most successful crops grown this way over the cooler months. Growing in Horse Feed bags came from a visit to a very resourceful refugee arrival who was often moving from one rental house to another. It was his way of being able to move   house and take his garden with him. He used lasagne type layers of leaves / grass clippings / food scraps / and any manure he could scrounge. His crops cost almost nothing to grow and were easily movable when the time came. 

Anyway thanks for the contact I look forward to sharing ideas with you on this,

Regards Roger

At 20:59 on March 8, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Only just saw your reply Vivienne.  Sorry about that.  I might be biased but the folks here are quite a lovely bunch.  It's well worth coming along to a garden visit to meet a few of them.  Jeez, it's well worth going to a garden visit just to eat the food!  LOL. 

At 11:40 on February 2, 2020, Christa said…

Welcome Vivienne,  I sincerely hope you are able to come and enjoy our garden events.  Some of us employ permaculture practices and some organic growers and some grow just what they need to supplement their daily food needs.   

We love growing fruit trees and have a collection of common and rare fruit trees and vines. Maybe we are getting a bit physically aged but our minds are still young.  

You would be a great asset to our group with your knowledge of plants and your ability to turn "waste materials"into food and more.

At 18:56 on January 18, 2020, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Evening Vivienne, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). I am sure you will be a very welcome New Member to our Site.

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2020 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR .

I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas. 

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question. If you feel you are particularly adept in a field you may like to add a new Group to our List or perhaps do a talk or demonstration at one of our GV. If a yes for the GV you might like to friend me and we can see what we can do. We are always looking for new ideas.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF…..

At 16:21 on January 18, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Vivienne.  Hope you enjoy it. 


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