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Vivienne Hallman
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Vivienne Hallman is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 13th Dec - Doug's for a CHRISTMAS PARTY at Camira

December 13, 2020 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  13th Dec 10.00am TO 12.00pmThis will be a CHRISTMAS PARTY - GVThe address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profileAs this may be an event where we need to have particular numbers due to Covid Restrictions, we may need to Limit the number attending. It…See More
Vivienne Hallman replied to Dave Riley's discussion Growing mushrooms at home?
"Landline yesterday (30/8) had an interesting segment on growing and using Australian native mushrooms. The plan for "Doug's Mushroom House" sounds great and especially as you have access to suitable insulated materials."
Aug 31
Vivienne Hallman replied to Dave Riley's discussion Growing mushrooms at home?
"Hi Doug, are you referring to Paul Stamets book "Mycelium Running".  He's an interesting guy.  Also have you thought of using a secondhand shipping container?  I came across a guy growing a range of mushrooms in…"
Aug 30
Vivienne Hallman commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Small glass jars
"Hi Barbara, I have some of these small jars.  Can we message each other for further details."
Aug 28
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

How I cut moringa

"A couple of weeks after pruning and there are 5cm shoots of new growth already. A really amazing tree."
Aug 27
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

How I cut moringa

"This is my pruned moringa, down to about 2m from nearly 5m. I planted this tree as a small seedling about 2 years ago.  It grew very slowly at first and then just took off.  "
Aug 27
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

How I cut moringa

"Thanks Doug good that your tree branches from near the base, lots more spots for new growth.  Have you ever grown seedlings from the seed ?"
Aug 14
Vivienne Hallman replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"Last week we had a 2m female python in our community garden at Boondall.  The snake catcher who removed her suggested that it was now breeding season so we may see more around."
Aug 12
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Ode to the southside.

"Maybe you can make Kimchi from your excess veges."
Aug 7
Roger Clark left a comment for Vivienne Hallman
"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…"
Aug 6
Jeff Kiehne commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"Has anyone grown garlic from seed and not from the bulbs."
Aug 5
Valerie commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"I planted some Italian pink and Glenlarge varieties purchased from Greenharvest on 31 March this year. Some in a wicking box and some in an old wicking bed, which is more like a raised bed now. So far so good. Heads are forming well in both but not…"
Aug 4
Roger Clark commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"I have had some success growing Garlic over the last few years. You can get Garlic seed from a number of places, including Green Harvest. The one that grows well for me is Glen Large which is suited to our area. I planted out In April, it may be too…"
Aug 4
Andrew Cumberland commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"My Elephant garlic did ok one year and badly the next.  Glen Large failed.  There is a Thai garlic that I reckon would do well in our climate.  "
Aug 3
Dave Riley commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"Some food outlets sell Glen Large as 'Australian Garlic'. But you can buy certified Glen Large from seed suppliers. It was developed for sub tropical growing conditions. I've planted out many cloves this year but, so far, few have…"
Aug 3
Christa commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"I think some time ago our group discussed garlic growing.  Glen Large was supposed to be a local Laidley or Gatton produce.  My attempt was garlic grown a couple of years back,  mine was Elephant garlic which grew well and had a sweet…"
Aug 3

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 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…

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