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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 - 23rd of May - GayleD's Garden Visit at BRIDGEMAN DOWNS

May 23, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  23rd of May 10.00am TO 12.00pmHere is a little Info that GayleD is sharing about her Wonderful Garden:-This is an evolving garden that is a mix of native areas for habitat; food growing; and sitting spots. Flowers all year round for the native bees. Tank is full after all this rain. I’ve been doing an online course on sustainability and backyard diversity which…See More
May 4
Vivienne Hallman replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"I use my moringa fresh in green smoothies where the moringa flavor is masked by the fruit in the smoothie.  I usually use banana and pawpaw or pineapple, together with lots of green leaves such as spinach. A friend dries the moringa leaves and…"
Apr 20
Vivienne Hallman replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"Christa, if you are interested in finding out more about Moringa, in particular it's use as a water purifier, you can go to:  Then look under "Resources" and then "Research". This…"
Apr 19
Vivienne Hallman is attending Dianne Caswell's event


April 17, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SATURDAY  17th April 10.00am TO 12.00pmPlease NOTE:- This is a Saturday GVA little about Susan's Urban Eden - My garden is on 580 square meters and we’ve lived here for 15 years. In that time, I’ve turned it into an Edible Oasis.  40 varieties of Fruiting Trees, Vines and Shrubs with Garden Beds for Vegie growing.   I have just repotted my Strawberry Patch so will have Strawberry Plants available as well as Cucamelons and Eggplant Rosa Bianca.  Ground is flat but uneven.The address will be sent…See More
Apr 5
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's video

Okra for dinner some amazing flowers

"My green and red okra are doing well at present with lots of beautiful flowers. I pick them when they are about 80-100mm long and eat them as I wander around watering my garden. Alternately I slice them about 3mm thick and add them to a fresh green…"
Mar 15
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

First home grown soursop

"Doug, my 3 metre high soursop is flowering again, after producing fruit back when yours did.  Is yours flowering again?  Do you know if they fruit more than once a year?"
Mar 4
Vivienne Hallman left a comment for Michael Hoff
" Hi Michael, I would like to grow a number of fig varieties in a small space, just wondering if you have a special system.  I guess the secret is to have a small tree that produces a lot of fruit.  Would a hedge or semi espalier…"
Feb 19
Vivienne Hallman commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
" Hi Sid I sent you a friend request if you would like to accept and send me your phone number that would be great.  I am newish to the group but gather this is the way to communicate with other members."
Jan 24
Vivienne Hallman posted a status
"Hi Sid, sounds great what is the best way to contact you to arrange a time."
Jan 24
Vivienne Hallman is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 21st March - Dave's Garden Visit Plus Vetiver Discussion at BEACHMERE

March 21, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
POSTPONEMENT - DATE TO BE GIVEN LATERDave has written a little about his place:-Come for a Garden Visit to Dave Riley's backyard. It's a Sunday so make sure you  take in the Caboolture Markets en route to stock up on inexpensive seedlings.Dave grows a big garden. While it began very beach sandy, it now, after 10 years, boasts rich dark soil and worms a'plenty. Lots of grass clippings over the decade caused…See More
Dec 15, 2020
Doug Hanning commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"I tried to grow some from seed but nono germinated"
Nov 18, 2020
Vivienne Hallman posted a status
"I am wondering if anyone in the group grows Goji berries."
Nov 17, 2020
Joe Wang left a comment for Vivienne Hallman
"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."
Nov 1, 2020
Vivienne Hallman is attending Dianne Caswell's event


January 31, 2021 from 9:30am to 12pm
SUNDAY  13st January 9.30am TO 12.00pmPLEASE NOTE -  the earlier start due to the Warm WeatherThis will be a WELCOME 2021 GV - Our 1st for the YearA little about Dianne & Graham's Garden -Ours is an Old Garden 42years. It has grown over the…See More
Oct 11, 2020
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Red Mulberry

"Is this the Red Shahtoot variety?"
Oct 6, 2020
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Red Mulberry

"Doug these fruits look great, how long are they?"
Oct 4, 2020

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

Vivienne Hallman's Blog

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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