Growing Heirlooms

Monday 19 April 2021

6.30pm to 8.30pm
Connect and Learn Evening hosted by Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

Level 3, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba

Guest Presenters

Jill Heilbronn and

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

What We’ll Do

6.30 pm – Learn – Growing Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom vegetables bring much diversity, beauty, flavour and colour to our kitchen gardens and tables, so we’ll hear about all the unusual and delicious favourites that Jill and Debbie like to grow.

The beauty of heirlooms is that they’re not owned by large seed corporations so seeds can be easily saved, grown and shared by everyday gardeners in our own backyards. Plus these wonderful seeds can saved by many generations!

Jill and Debbie answer a few questions:
  • What are heirlooms (and how are they different from F1 hybrids)?
  • Why grow heirloom vegetables in our home gardens?
  • Why are they important?
  • What grows well in our bio-region?
  • What could we plant now?
  • What is a calendar of planting ideas through each season of the year?

Jill will also bring a variety of heirloom seedlings to sell that are ready to go into our gardens now. She’ll plant these especially for us, so don’t forget to bring some cash. A great opportunity!

Jill Heilbronn

Jill lives at Hampton and has a wealth of experience growing and selling heirloom seedlings at the Veg Table. You can find her stall at the Toowoomba Farmers Market every Saturday from 7am to 12 noon. Jill propagates and raises a huge range of interesting seedlings and adores the colours and variety of herbs, vegetable seedlings and bee attracting plants that she grows. You can see Jill’s Facebook page at

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie feels blessed to live with her husband on a peaceful 5 acres in the Lockyer Valley near Toowoomba where she grows many heirloom vegetables in her potager-style kitchen garden. She lives consciously interconnected with nature and community and works as a specialist literacy teacher at her home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning. When time permits Debbie writes a Nurtured Life Blog to inspire others to live a Nurtured Life.

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