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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    Ethnobotany, closed poly (polyfaithful), self-sufficiency, moving to rural Victoria some day.

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  1. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, If a camping trip: Why not have it around Mother's Day, and those who are experts at wild mushroom identification can start to train those who aren't. Kill 2 birds with one stone. If before Easter: Why not at that park in Kew? Someone said earlier "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". But the Botanic Gardens IS broke... traffic and parking is always a big hassle. Lots of folks come to share/swap stuff, and that ain't easy on public transport. In any case, I'm gonna be severely pruning my catha edulis in the next couple months, so will have branches to give away. Cheers
  2. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, Sadly I can't make it tomorrow. Am looking forward to the next one, hopefully in Kew -- away from so much traffic & parking hassles. Am also moving, to way out east Vic, in a few months. Currently have compost, pots, and plants to give away. Those willing to come to Wantirna South (~20km due east of the Melbourne CBD) get the freebies. Cheers, Carl 0427 024 735
  3. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, 3rd or 4th of March are currently good for me. But I'll have to know in the next few weeks. Sundays have been our norm. The parking etc. is always horrible, so near the CBD. The "population centre" of Melbourne is actually a bit east, near Kew. There's a beautiful park there (Alexandra Gardens) right on Cotham Road (AKA Whitehorse Road or Maroondah Highway). Public transport right up to the place, if you're not bringing/taking much stuff. Please, please, please, some day? Carl p.s. If anyone is eager to meet =before= early March, please SMS/text me on 0427 024 735. I've got plants, seeds, compost, and pots to give away. Live "way out" in Knoxfield. (I dunno. City kids these days. Dagnabbit!) p.p.s. I'm moving to East Gippsland in a few months. If you know any compatible folks out Traralgon, Sale, or Bairnsdale way... PLEASE tell them about me. Thanks!
  4. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi Everyone, Had a great time at EGA, too? I enjoyed giving my gardening workshops there, and hope there weren't too many errors in what I said. I'd expect at least half a dozen newcomers THIS COMING SUNDAY. But I'm an optimist. Hope a lot of the regulars can make it. If you're reading this, please pass the info on to fellow gardeners who aren't on the forum. I'll be bringing a dozen or so plants, and maybe some seeds, to give away. Noon, Sunday, 17 December 2017, Tecoma Pavilion, eastern side of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens (near the cactus garden). Cheers, Carl
  5. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi Everyone! Don't forget: The next face-to-face meet-up in Melbourne will be Sunday 17 December 2017, at noon, at the Tecoma Pavilion, in the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens. (NOT in the suburb of Tecoma.) That's closest to the corner of Domain Road and Anderson Street. (Parking is a hassle.) That's the weekend right after EGA. If you're attending Entheogenesis Australis, be sure to meet and network at Carl Tune-In's two gardening workshops! Also, be sure to promote and talk up this Melbourne Meet Up, to gardeners you meet there. Although these meet-ups are meant to swap plants and cuttings (as well as food, drink, ideas, and joy) please be discrete: The Botanic Gardens do not like plants/cuttings being brought in (diseases) or taken out (was it stolen from here?). Keep big things in your car, and do the sharing out where you park. We're expecting some newcomers attending for the first time. It's likely to be a big meet up this time. See you then!
  6. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    HI All, If you made it yesterday: It was great to catch up; to share fine food & drink together; and to swap seeds, cuttings, plants, and gardening ideas. If you didn't make it: Boy, did YOU miss out. :-) Remember, we're tentatively scheduling the NEXT one at noon on Sunday 17 December at the Tecoma pavilion in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens... The first weekend after EGA 2017, to maximise the turnout of newcomers. Carl p.s. Look for my hands-on round-table discussion of gardening skills, at EGA. Your participation will be much appreciated.
  7. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, I'm gonna be there, and bring stuff to share, on Sunday October 8th 2017. Is it right to assume "the usual"... noon (sharp) in or near the Tecoma pavilion, at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens? Will also bring along an "agenda" of things to cover, regarding the MAXimum promotion of our little meetings, during my "practical hands-on gardening workshops" at EGA in December this year. The last few meet ups I've managed to attend had NO one, or only a couple of other people show up. (That makes it not worth all the traffic, parking, loading/unloading, preparing, etc. from way our here in Ferntree Gully.) Cheers, Carl
  8. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, I am NOT free for 1 October 2017. I COULD attend on 8 Oct, and PREFER to attend on 15 Oct. As usual, will bring plants, seeds, etc. to give away -- if I can attend. Need to know ASAP, so I can prevent any other things from conflicting. Cheers, Carl
  9. Hi Amazonian,


    Thanks for the post on the Melbourne Meetup thread.


    Yes, I'm planning on a meeting the Sunday right after the EGA 2017.  I'll be running a workshop or two on practical gardening at EGA, and will promote the Melbourne Growers Meetups to the attendees.


    Would love for local growers to meet a week or two BEFORE EGA, so we can plan for this membership drive thingie (above).






  10. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, If you're going to EGA in December 2017: I'll be presenting some hands-on gardening workshops there, and PROMOTING THE MELBOURNE GROWERS' MEET-UPS. So, let's have a meet-up at the usual place, the first Sunday after the EGA? We need to get our numbers up, eh. Today's (Sunday 27 Aug 2017) noon-ish meeting... PLEASE NOTE: Due to the low response rate, INSTEAD OF THE BOTANIC GARDENS, I'm going to have a few folks over at my garden, near WANTIRNA SOUTH (~30 km due east of the Melbourne CBD). When you're in the area, just ring or text me, and I'll guide you in to the exact address. Carl Turney Mobile 0427 024 735
  11. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, IF you've been to our Melbourne Gardener's meetings before, AND are free around mid-day this Sunday (27 August 2017), AND can get to the outer eastern suburb of Wantirna South (i.e. Westfield Knox Shopping Centre), THEN -=text=- (not ring) me ASAP, and I'll take you on a tour of a beautiful garden I'm involved with. Mobile 0427 024 735 Carl p.s. Let's get lots of local hands-on gardeners active and involved ASAP, in preparation for the EGA in Victoria in December this year. There should be lots of newcomers in need of seeds, cuttings, compost, pots, guidance, etc. Let's be ready for them! :-)
  12. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, How does Sunday August 27th at noon near the Tecoma Pavilion at the eastern edge of the Melbourne Botanical Gardens? As usual, my luck in the garden has been too good, and I've got lots of plants to give away to whoever attends. How can we tell all the local gardeners, who have ticked "no" to this forum emailing them when something gets posted here? On the day, you can give me ideas on what to cover for my hands-on gardening workshop at the upcoming EGA in a few months. Cheers, Carl
  13. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All: Sorry, but I won't be able to make it on April 22nd. (1) It's Earth Day (or something). (2) It's the March for Science event (State Library to Parliament House) about that time. (3) I'm rostered to work until 3pm, and will be totally buggered by the end of my shift. Have a good time. Carl the ex Yank
  14. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi Rocky, Very sorry, but I'm very flat out myself for the next week or so. Planned to organise/host something, but work stuff etc. is just taking over me. Hope that other local members post here, or private message you. Don't forget the excellent goods on sale and many growers, back up in Northern NSW e.g. at Shaman Australis. Carl
  15. carlturney

    Meet up: Melbourne

    Hi All, Just so happens the March for Science (and Earth Day) are both on Saturday 22nd of April. The March starts at 1:30 (State Library) and ends at 3:00 (State Parliament) with events in a nearby park after that. It would be nice to see as many of you as possible WELL BEFORE then, and give out as many plants as you can take off my hands. (I've got a ute, some of the plants are tall, can't really leave them alone unattended.) I've really had a guts-full of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Traffic and parking anywhere near that area are hell. Everyone please seriously consider the park in Kew, at the corner of Cotham Road (AKA Whitehorse Road) and Gellibrand Street. Traffic and parking and public transport etc. is nicer. It's also the "population centre of gravity" for the Melbourne metropolitan area. We had a LOW turnout at the last event, so it would be nice to have LOTS of folks appear, whenever and wherever we choose. Also, if you're taking public transport, but want some plants, please organise someone (Uber Utes?) to help you with the logistics. Ta, Carl